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Very unsettled weather with strong winds, high seas and lashing rain may only settle down on Tuesday. Stock image

Very unsettled weather with strong winds, high seas and lashing rain may only settle down on Tuesday. Stock image

Very unsettled weather with strong winds, high seas and lashing rain may only settle down on Tuesday. Stock image

Howling winds are set to batter the country this weekend as Storm Aiden is due to reach the northwest of Ireland by midday.

Very unsettled weather with strong winds, high seas and lashing rain may only settle down on Tuesday.

Three wind warnings are in effect today - an orange wind warning will kick in from 5am to 10am for counties Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow and Kilkenny.

A separate orange wind warning will also take effect from 8am to 4pm for Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal and a nationwide yellow wind warning is also in place from 2am this morning until 4pm this afternoon.

Orange wind warnings may see gusts of speeds between 110km/h and 130 km/h, with strongest winds will be along exposed coastal areas.

"Storm Aiden is expected to rapidly deepen in the development zone of the Jet Stream between Friday and midday on Saturday as it tracks towards and over western parts of Ireland," said forecaster Liz Walsh.

Met Éireann advises that members of the public stay away from exposed coastal areas for the period of the Orange warning and drive carefully, with anticipation for crosswinds or falling or fallen trees.

The UK Met Office has also issued a yellow wind warning for Northern Ireland, and it will be valid from 6am to 9pm.

Further spells of wet and windy weather will occur through the rest of the weekend and into Monday morning.

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As Storm Aiden is expected to be a "wind event", flooding may not be as likely.

Three separate low pressure systems which are 24 hours apart will be the cause of wet and windy weather from Friday evening into early next week, possibly even Tuesday.

The first system hit Ireland on Friday night, the second will impact Saturday night into Sunday and the third will take place later on Sunday into Monday.


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