CORK, Ireland - The Irish national weather body has warned that temperatures are set to plummet across the country, with heavy downpours expected across Ireland.
The Met Eireann is forecasting dry and bright mornings for the rest of the week but has warned that nights are expected to get very cold.
The weather body said that over the next few days, rain is set to batter the country before temperatures plummet across Ireland.
The Met Eireann said in its latest update that heavy downpours will lash the country before the temperatures change drastically on Thursday.
It said that later in the day on Tuesday, Munster, Connacht and west Ulster will witness the heaviest rain, which will continue on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the temperatures will plummet, with a cold wave hitting the country.
Met Eireann said, "Mainly dry and bright this morning, with sunny spells and a few isolated showers, mainly along Atlantic and northern coasts. Cloud will gradually increase from the Atlantic, with rain developing on west and southwest coasts this afternoon, reaching all areas by early tonight, turning heavy in places."
The weather body has forecast said, Tomorrow, Wednesday, will be mostly cloudy, with rain in many areas in the morning, persistent and locally heavy in Atlantic coastal counties. Dry intervals will develop in many inland areas, but it will remain dull and misty in places, with patches of rain, drizzle and fog, especially in western and southern coastal areas. Very mild. Maximum temperatures 13 to 15 Celsius, in fresh to strong southerly winds."
It said that on Wednesday night, several areas will witness persistent outbreaks of rain - which is set to be heaviest in the western half of the country."
A Met Eireann forecaster said that temperatures are set to get very cool on Thursday, after heavy rain throughout the day.
Frosty conditions are forecast, with the Met Eireann forecaster adding, "Further spells of rain in the western half of the country, with the risk of some heavy bursts, especially in Atlantic coastal counties. Mainly dry further east for a time, with a few bright spells, but there will be some patches of rain, drizzle and fog, mainly on hills and coasts, the rain and drizzle becoming more widespread later."
It said that the weekend is expected to be dry, but the change in the temperatures on Thursday will continue into next week.
On Tuesday, the Met Eireann issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for Cork and Kerry, which is set to continue until 10 am on Wednesday.