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Weather watch

Storm Doris is on the way - and she's bringing severe winds with her

A status yellow warning has been released for Thursday.

STORM DORIS IS set to visit on Thursday, bringing with her severe winds with gusts of up to 110km.

To prepare people for the weather event, Met Éireann has issued a status yellow wind warning for Munster, Connacht and Leinster for part of Thursday.

Over in the UK, an amber ‘be prepared’ warning has been issued for parts of Wales and England.

The UK’s Met Office said that Storm Doris’s strongest winds there will reach up to 80mph.

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Met Éireann reports that while Wednesday will start off dry in the northern half of the country, rain will become widespread from the south during the afternoon and will turn heavy in many places later.

Winds, light or moderate at first will become strong southwesterly by evening.

There will be a “changeable Atlantic regime with a brief, potentially disruptive, spell of weather imminent late Wednesday and early Thursday”, said Met Éireann.

On Wednesday night, heavy rain will develop nationwide, with southwesterly winds increasing strong to gale over night, and strong gale to storm force gusts developing along western, south and eastern coasts.

Rain will turn to “squally showers, some thundery with a risk of hail, sleet and hill snow, especially in northern areas” and winds will “veer strong to gale force northwesterly”.

As for Thursday, it will be “cool and windy, or perhaps even stormy about the north Leinster and east Ulster coasts at first”.

Widespread blustery showers, some thundery with hail and sleet mixed in. Temperatures ranging 6 to 9 degrees but feeling much colder in the strong to near gale force west to northwesterly winds, gradually easing through the afternoon and evening.

On Thursday night, it will be chilly overnight with the risk of a slight frost as temperatures dip to zero or minus 1 degree.

Showers, possibly wintry on high ground, can also be expected. The full forecast is available on

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