Dublin City Council has said the water situation in Dublin is still critical despite heavy rain over the past week.

The council said ten continuous days of rain are needed to bring reservoirs up to the required level.

The threat of water restrictions has receded in the short term, but the council said that did not mean things were back to normal.

City Engineer Michael Philips said there are 115 days of water left compared to 156 days this time last year.

He appealed to the public to continue to conserve water by not watering lawns, using watering cans instead of a hose, and using washing machines and dishwashers with a full load.

Met Éireann has said double the amount of rain normally expected to fall for a week in June fell in Dublin last week.

Over 23mm of rain fell last week and another 24mm are expected to fall over the coming days.