Met Éíreann has issued warnings over heavy rain in ten counties starting overnight and lasting to the early hours of Thursday.

The forecaster said heavy and persistent rain will lead to localised flooding in Kerry, Cork, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

The Status Yellow warnings last for 24 hours starting at 1am on Wednesday for Kerry, 3am for Cork, and 5am for the remaining eight counties listed.

It is in addition to a Status Yellow gale warning on Irish coastal waters from Mizen Head to Slyne Head to Malin Head until midnight, with south to southwest winds reaching gale force 8.

There is also a small craft warning from Malin Head to Howth Head to Mizen Head.

"South to southwest winds will reach force 6 or higher at times on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on all Irish coasts," the agency said.

It will be wet and windy tonight with lowest temperatures of between 11 and 14 degrees.

Tomorrow will be wet across much of the country, but particularly in the south and southeast.