The spell of good weather that Ireland has basked in this week is set to end with an "unseasonably cold, wet and windy day" ahead for tomorrow.

While today started off warm and sunny in many parts of the country, the temperature dropped by afternoon.

Met Éireann said that rain over the western half of the country will extend to all areas, turning heavy at times.

A Status Yellow rain and thunderstorm warning for Munster and Connacht came into effect at 6pm and remain in operation until 6pm tomorrow.

Heavy showers or longer spells of rain with thundery downpours in some places may lead to spot flooding, with the highest rainfall totals likely to be near the west coast on high ground.

Temperatures will only hit highs of 14-19C today and it will turn noticeably cooler in the southwest through the late afternoon.

Overnight, there will also be a risk of thundery weather in western parts of the country where the rain will turn heavy at times and there will be a risk of spot flooding.

In the east, it will be clearer with isolated showers.

Tonight will be cooler than many other nights this week where temperatures will range from 7-10C in moderate to fresh southerly winds.

The winds will reach gale force along the west coast.

Tomorrow will be unseasonably cold, windy and wet, according to the forecaster.

Rain will continue over the western half of the country and it will be heavy at times.

It will be mostly dry further east in the morning however the rain will spread across the country later in the day.

Temperatures will range from 11-17C. In the west, it will be coolest and windy.