PARTS of Cork were lit up last night by a spectacular thunder and lightning show on Sunday night.
This eventually led to heavy showers in many areas as the recent heatwave broke.
A status orange thunderstorm warning is in place until 10pm tonight and unsettled weather is on the way today and further into the week.
Met Eireann said scattered showers and thunderstorms will affect many areas this morning, becoming mainly confined to southern and eastern parts by afternoon, and becoming intense with the continued risk of flooding.
"Fresher and drier further north with just isolated showers and intermittent sunny spells. Highest temperatures will return closer to average, ranging from 15 to 17 degrees in the north and west, and between 18 and 23 degrees elsewhere. Light to moderate northerly winds will increase fresh to strong along Atlantic coasts."
Cooler and cloudier weather is on the way this week with temperatures set to drop to between 15 and 19 degrees.
Thunder + Lightning Storms on Cork / Limerick Border this evening. @MetEireann @Meteorite58 @DonegalWeatherC @CarlowWeather @bbcniweather #Thunderstorm #Cork #Ireland #August pic.twitter.com/0pkg1XpPct— James/Jim.Mcgrath. (@Jimbomcg987) August 14, 2022
The mildest weather this week is expected in the south of the country.