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Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning today for five counties, with heavy rain expected to hit the east of the country until Wednesday morning.

The official warning is in place for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath. Motorists have also been urged to take extra care on roads this morning as a result of the wet weather.

Forecaster Pat Clarke said: "The next 24 hours will be the coldest and the wettest."

Clarke continued; "Obviously drivers will have to be careful. There could be some water on the roads and there is the possibility of hail."

A wind-chill factor around coastal areas will contribute to the frosty feel of the weather, with temperatures expected to fall to five degrees.

"There is the possibility of downpours and there may be some thunder mixed in," Mr Clarke said. Dublin Fire Brigade have also issued a road warning:

Unusually, the current inclement conditions have predominantly hit the east coast, Met Éireann says.

The weekend is expected to be far less damp, on Thursday the temperature will rise to 8 degrees and fewer showers will occur.

In terms of traffic, AA Roadwatch has urged motorists to slow down as roads across the country are very slippery this morning:

"Roads are damp or wet in much of the country this morning following overnight rain. It's particularly wet in parts of the midlands and along the east coast."

"When driving on wet roads slow down and leave a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front."

West Munster is getting the best of the weather at the moment, but tonight will be cold with further rain and hail showers scattered nationwide.



According to emerging reports this afternoon, a number of people have sustained serious injuries following a collision in Co Cork today.

It has been established that the road traffic accident happened on the Mallow road at the Waterloo junction before noon.

AA Roadwatch alerted the public to the incident on Twitter, posting: "#CORK #N20 Serious crash between Cork City and Mallow near the Waterloo turn-off. Gardaí at the scene."

It is understood that the Northbound lane is currently closed, and emergency services are at the scene of the incident.



According to emerging reports, a number of separate collisions have occurred on the M50 southbound carriage this evening.

The right lane before J4 Ballymun has been partially blocked due to two incidents while another incident has caused delays neat the J5 Finglas exit.

A crash on the M4 Dublin / Sligo Road westbound resulted in one lane of traffic between J5 Leixlip and J6 Celbridge, however it has now been established that all lanes have been reopened.

AA Roadwatch have been keeping the public up to date on their official Twitter page.



There are major delays all over the city this afternoon, so if you're out and about, be very wary.

Traffic lights are out of order on O'Connell Bridge on both sides, which is causing a heavy car build up throughout the North Quays.

AA Roadwatch has reported on Twitter that the lights are out of action due to the road works taking place on the bridge.

It has been said that drivers and public transport users are facing delays of nearly an hour throughout the city centre.

There is also heavy traffic inbound on St John's Road West by the Heuston Quarter.

Meanwhile, Luas users are facing delays on the Red Line.

There was an accident at the Kylemore stop, and even though the Luas is still operating, it's warning its passengers to expect delays.

It is expected that heavy rain and wind will sweep across the country, and motorists are being warned to be careful on the wet roads.



Our grey and rainy Monday morning just got a whole lot better with this news.

A llama is loose on the roads in Co. Offaly, and is causing obstruction (and no doubt a few giggles) for motorists in the Rohan area.

AA Roadwatch posted a warning earlier this morning letting drivers know:

While we don't know where the poor lad came from, there is an alpaca farm nearby so it could be that the llama is an escapee from there.

Driver James Hayden posted the above photo on Twitter of the llama casually strolling between cars and buses.

Amazing… but can it beat the swan on the Samuel Beckett bridge?