Weather forecast Ireland: Met Eireann issue orange weather warning as winds 130km/h batter Ireland

Weather forecast Ireland: Met Eireann issue orange weather warning as winds 130km/h batter Ireland

Met Eireann have been forced to upgrade their weather warning to a status orange as winds of 130km/h are set to batter Ireland.

The alert has been issued for Donegal and Mayo, and will take affect from 1am on Friday morning, remaining valid until 8am.

The warning reads: "This warning pertains to coastal regions and high ground in these areas: Southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h overnight and early tomorrow.

"There is also a risk of coastal damage on exposed northwest coasts due to a combination of winds, high spring tides and high storm surge."

Earlier, the forecaster has put a status yellow weather warning in place which takes affect from Thursday night at 10pm.

The Status Yellow wind warning is in place for Connacht, Cavan, Donegal, Clare, Kerry and Limerick, and will remain in force until 9am on Friday.

In addition to strong winds, Ireland will be hit by heavy and persistent showers in the coming days.

The national forecaster revealed: "Heavy rain and southwest gales will quickly extend countrywide early tonight. Some severe gusts will occur in places - especially in the north and west.




"Rain will clear to frequent blustery showers overnight. Tomorrow Friday will be cool and very blustery with bright spells and occasional showers.

"The showers will be frequent and squally in the north and west with the chance of hail. Southwest winds will reach gale force with severe gusts."


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However, we will be over the worst by the weekend, with Met Eireann adding: "Another batch of rain will spread quickly east across the country on Saturday morning, again with strong southwest winds.

"The rain will turn showery for the afternoon, but many of the showers prolonged in the north and northwest.

"Sunday will be a brighter but cold day as winds veer to the northwest. Many areas getting sunny breaks, but with showers occurring widely across the north and west.

"The early days of next week will be mainly dry and less cold as winds swing to the south or southeast.

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