An orange weather warning has been put in place for 13 counties in Ireland amid the threat of potential thunderstorms and lightning strikes.
Met Eireann has issued an orange rain warning for heavy rainfall of up to 50mm expected on Sunday morning, with squalls likely for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo and Waterford.
The orange warning is in place from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday, with a less severe yellow warning issued for much of the country on Saturday night.
The national forecaster said heavy rain would move north across much of the country on Saturday evening, clearing from the north and northwest on Sunday morning.
Torrential downpours are expected in places, which could lead to surface flooding. There is also potential for thunderstorm and lightning activity.
A yellow rain warning has been set for all of Ireland and will come into effect at 1am and last until 10am on Sunday.
Met Eireann said up to 50mm of intense rainfall will hit counties affected by the orange weather alert.
It is likely to impact Co Laois where over 70,000 people are expected to gather for the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally.
Met Eireann said: ‘Heavy rain will move north across much of the country this evening, clearing from the north and northwest on Sunday morning.
“Torrential downpours are expected in places, causing surface flooding.
“There is also potential for thunderstorm and lightning activity.”
Meanwhile, a yellow weather warning has been announced for Northern Ireland.
The rain weather alert is in place until midnight on Saturday and between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday.