Weather warnings for a number of counties have been updated by Met Éireann as heavy rain is expected over the next 24 hours.

The update points to a risk of spot flooding in Kilkenny, Wexford, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary as 25-30mm of rain is expected to fall this evening, tonight and into Friday.

It also predicts that 30 to 50 mm of rain is expected this evening, overnight and for a time on Friday with the risk of spot flooding in Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

Met Éireann is warning of the risk of flooding as a result of the rainfall.

"Wet and windy overnight," the Met Éireann forecast explains. 

"The rain will become widespread and heavy, with the risk of some spot flooding in southern coastal counties. Southeasterly winds will be strong and gusty and quite blustery along the south and southeast coasts. 

"Lowest temperatures 4 to 8 C. Friday will be windy to start with outbreaks of rain. 

"The rain will be heavy at first with the risk of some flooding, especially in southern counties but it will gradually clear northwards later to scattered showers."

The forecast will add to the woes of farmers who are dealing with a fodder shortage due to adverse weather conditions since the autumn.

This has meant farm animals are being kept indoors longer than normal, with already depleted fodder supplies being put under added pressure.

Listen to the Morning Ireland weather forecast below: