Met Eireann issues weather warnings for nine counties as Ireland braces for strong winds
Met Eireann has issued a weather warning for nine counties across Ireland as Gale force winds with gusts of up to 110km per hour are expected.
A status yellow warning is in place for Dublin, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford between 2pm and midnight today.
Very strong winds across the coastal counties of the southwest, south and possibly parts of the east coast are expected.
Met Eireann has warned of strong winds with mean speeds of 55 to 65 km / per hour and gusts of 90 to 110 km / per hour this afternoon in coastal areas of the southwest and south.
Severe winds are expected to transfer to parts of the east coast later this evening or early tonight.
Winds will be at their strongest in exposed coastal regions.
A status yellow warning is the lowest level of alert.
Meanwhile, scattered showers are expected for a time this morning, mainly in southwestern, western and northern areas but Met Eireann said it will be mainly dry and bright this morning.
By midday, rain is predicted to hit some western coasts.
Met Eireann said it will turn wet in most places this afternoon, with heavy, possibly thundery rain in many central and northern counties.
Highest temperatures of 14 to 16 are predicted.