The national forecaster has issued an alert for almost the entire country

Met Eireann have issued an urgent thunderstorm warning for 21 counties as miserable conditions are set to hit.
The alert is in place from 1pm until 10pm on Wednesday for Leinster, Munster, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan.
It reads: “Scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, with a risk of hail and localised spot flooding.”
Meanwhile the rest of Wednesday looks set to bring a mix of hail and “scattered thunderstorms”, with the worst of the showers tonight expected in the west.
A Met Eireann forecaster said: “Showers in Munster, south Leinster and in northern coastal counties this morning will extend to all areas during the day. Many of the showers will become heavy this afternoon, with some hail and scattered thunderstorms, bringing a risk of spot flooding. Some bright or sunny spells also. Highs of 12 to 15 degrees, in a light easterly or variable breeze.
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“Becoming mainly dry tonight, with clear spells and a few scattered showers. The showers mainly in western parts. Patches of mist and fog will form in light winds. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees.
“Starting mainly dry on Thursday with sunny spells, and a few showers in the west. The showers will extend to all areas through the morning and afternoon, becoming heavy at times with the risk of hail and thunderstorms. The showers will be heaviest and most frequent in the midlands and north, with heavy downpours here bringing the risk of spot flooding. Highs of 12 to 15 degrees in light winds.
“Becoming mostly dry on Thursday night with clear spells and a few scattered showers. Showers may become more frequent on the east coast later in the night. Lows of 3 to 6 degrees in light westerly winds.”
And the rest of the week looks set to remain unsettled as most areas will see a mix of both sunny spells and showers.
A forecaster added: “Starting mostly dry on Friday with sunny spells and showers. The showers mostly over the northern half of the country where some will turn heavy in the afternoon. Cloud will steadily increase from the southwest early in the day, with rain arriving onto the southwest coast by late afternoon.
“Rain will move northwards into Munster and Connacht through the evening. Highs of 13 to 16 degrees in a light southerly breeze, strengthening in the southwest later.
“Rain will extend to all areas on Friday night. A mild night with temperatures not falling below 6 or 7 degrees.
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“Rain and cloud will clear northeastwards on Saturday morning with sunny spells and showers following. Showers will become widespread on Saturday afternoon, and heavy at times with the risk of hail and thundery downpours. Highs of 13 to 16 degrees in moderate southerly winds.
“Sunday will be another day of sunny spells and showers. Again the showers will be heavy at times in the afternoon, with the risk of hail and thunder. Highs of 12 to 15 degrees in moderate to fresh southwesterly winds.
“Early next week will remain generally unsettled with a mix of bright spells and showers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures remaining slightly below average with highs of 12 to 15 degrees in light to moderate westerly winds.”
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