A nationwide status yellow warning is in effect.

Met Éireann has warned that heavy, and thundery downpours in short spaces of time will lead to localised spot flooding this afternoon.

Accumulations of between 25 and 40mm are expected to fall around the country and a status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for all counties.

The warning is currently valid until 3am tomorrow morning.

Looking ahead.

Thankfully there is some better weather on the way, albeit only slightly better.

According to the national forecaster, tomorrow is looking bright with sunny spells and some scattered showers. Highest temperatures around 16 to 21 degrees in moderate West to Northwest winds backing Westerly.

Sunday will be a breezy day with outbreaks of rain, possibly turning heavy in the west and north with the best chance of dry and bright weather in the east. Highest temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees in fresh southerly winds.

Monday will be a very warm, humid and breezy day. A good deal of dry weather with some hazy sunshine but cloudier in the West with some rain likely at times near the coasts. Highest temperatures 20 to 26 degrees.

Similar for Tuesday, moderate Southerly winds will bring in very warm conditions but some rain is likely at times in parts of the West. Further East probably a lot of dry weather with sunny spells. Fresh southerly winds will ease. Highest temperatures 19 to 25 degrees.

Wednesday will bring some heavy showers with light variable winds but it still looks very warm and close.