A WEATHER WARNING has been issued in the coastal counties of Connacht and Ulster as “very strong and gusty” winds are expected tonight.
The weather watchers at Met Éireann said there is a possibility of “damaging gusts” in Clare and other coastal areas. Predictions for mean wind speeds of up to 70 km/hr with gusts of 85 to 110 km/hr have been made.
Across the rest of the country winds speeds will range from 45 to 60 km/hr with gusts of 65 to 80 km/hr.
South to southwest gales or strong gales are also expected this evening and tonight on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea, later veering west to southwest, and occasionally reaching storm force 10 on coasts from Slyne Head to Rossan Point to Fair Head.
Looking ahead to Christmas, Met Éireann said Monday will be a “bright cool day with variable cloud and sunny spells”. Christmas Day will also be bright and cold with some sunny spells. Although most places will be dry, there could be a few wintry showers made of rain or hail.