Western parts of the country are bracing for heavy rainfall and localised flooding today as Met Éireann issues a Yellow Status rainfall warning for Connacht as well as counties Donegal, Clare and Kerry.

According to the forecast, the rain will be persistent and heavy, with the conditions expected to last until tomorrow morning.

Rainfall totals of 30-50 mm are expected throughout the counties and may be higher in mountainous areas.

Cork City Council has warned of the risk of spot flooding on roads and parking areas along low-lying quays in the city during high tide.

Traffic restrictions may be in place on South Terrace, Morrison's Quay, Fr Matthew Quay, Trinity Bridge, Union Quay, Wandesford Quay, Frenche's Quay, Crosses Green, and Kyrl's Quay.

A Level 3 alert for flooding has been issued for Crossmolina, Co Mayo due to high water levels in the River Deel. The rest of county is on Level 2 alert.

Mayo County Council has warned that there is a possibility that weather warnings can be extended or deteriorated conditions last longer than anticipated, urging the public to remain vigilant and prepare appropriately. 

The rest of the country will also experience wet weather, with persistent rain and a risk of spot flooding affecting west Munster, Ulster and north Leinster.

Met Éireann has also issued a Status Yellow gale warning for tonight as southwest winds are expected to occasionally reach gale force.