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Status Yellow warnings as 'unseasonably windy weather' expected across the country

It will be another warm day today with top temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees.

LAST UPDATE | 21 May 2020

MET ÉIREANN HAS warned the public to expect “unseasonably windy weather” over the next two days with the potential for “wind related impacts” across the country.

Yesterday, the forecaster issued two Status Yellow wind warnings for three western counties, which will begin to take effect from tonight.

And today, the warning was extended to three more counties as the weather takes a turn heading into the weekend.

The first alert for Kerry and Clare will take effect at 7pm tonight and last until 5pm tomorrow.

It is expected that winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of up to 110 km/h, mainly in coastal areas and on exposed hills and mountains.

The second alert for Mayo and Galway will come into effect at 9pm tonight and is valid until 9pm tomorrow.

Winds are expected to reach mean speeds of 45 to 65 km/h with gusts of up to 110 km/hr, also predominantly in coastal areas and on exposed hills and mountains.

A third yellow wind warning is in place for Donegal and Sligo, which will come into effect at 6am tomorrow and last until 9pm.

There will be winds of between 45 and 65 km/hr with gusts of up to 110 km/hr, particularly in coastal areas.

Met Éireann also issued a weather advisory for the entire country, valid from 6pm tonight until 6pm on Saturday.

“Unseasonably windy weather is expected to affect the country during the period,” the advisory reads.

“Given the time of year, there is potential for wind-related impacts such as debris from trees and movement of unsecured outdoor items.”

Weekend forecast

Elsewhere, it will be another warm day today with dry and sunny conditions across most of the country and top temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees.

However, cloud will thicken from the southwest this afternoon and heavy or thundery rain will extend northeastwards across the country.

It will be wet and windy tonight, before Friday brings windy and gusty conditions with a mix of sunshine and showers.

Showers will be most frequent over the western half of the country, but the southeast and east will become largely dry later. Temperatures will a bit cooler than in recent days, with highs of 12 to 16 degrees Celsius.

Saturday will see sunshine and showers with gusty winds. Showers will be most frequent in the north, merging into longer spells of rain later in the day, and the best of the sun will be in the south and east where temperatures will reach 13 to 16 degrees.

The good weather will return on Sunday, when it will be mostly dry with good spells of sunshine for most areas, and highs of 15 to 19 degrees.

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