Dig out the raincoats.
If you were planning to wet the shamrock on Saturday, Mother Nature just got there before you.
Met Éireann has issued two Status Yellow alerts for Cork; one for heavy rainfall over the coming 24 hours and a Wind Warning for Cork, Leinster, Tipperary and Waterford.
There was plenty of localised flooding this morning, with reports of some fallen trees in Blarney, Newcestown and Coachford.
— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) March 14, 2018
And the forecast for the weekend isn’t much better.
Wet & windy today. The rain will be very heavy & possibly thundery at times, in parts of Munster & south Leinster with some localized flooding. The rain will turn more showery in the southwest by evening. Top temps 8 to 11 degrees Celsius, in strong & gusty southeasterly winds. pic.twitter.com/qK97VMfuXT
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 14, 2018
The national forecaster predicts it will be cold and breezy on St Patrick’s Day, ‘with a significant wind chill’.
Top afternoon temperatures won’t surpass six or eight degrees and, while most places will be dry as the parades swing into action, a few showers are likely, with the odd wintry flurry of sleet – so bring an umbrella.