Weather: Gale warning amid hail, sleet and thunder predictions
Met Éireann has issued a gale warning for this afternoon and tonight on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea.
Today will continue to be cold and windy with some bright spells but temperatures will range between seven and nine degrees.
Forecasters say there is a possibility of hail, sleet and thunder tonight with wet and windy weather conditions.
Tomorrow morning will be windy with further showers, but the wind and rain will gradually ease later in the day with some bright sunny spells. Top temperatures will range between 9 and 11 degrees.
Tomorrow night will be cold but most places will remain dry apart from the north and west coasts.
There will be some frost early in the night as temperatures fall to between one and three degrees.
Rain will spread eastwards during Friday morning, and by the afternoon these will have cleared to scattered showers. Highest temperatures will be between just 6 and 9 degrees.
Saturday will be cold again with temperatures between just six to eight degrees once again in the afternoon but the winds are likely to be light and from a variable direction.
There'll be frequent showers during the day, some of which may turn wintry, especially over hills and mountains, but they'll die away at night