Wind warning in place for western counties

A yellow alert for thunder was in place for four counties for much of Saturday
Wind warning in place for western counties

Muireann Duffy

Updated: 9pm

Five counties in the west of the country remain under a wind warning overnight after a separate alert for thunder expired.

On Saturday morning, a status yellow wind alert was put in place for Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Donegal, lasting from 10am to 8am on Sunday.

A second warning - a yellow alert for thunderstorms - also covered Clare, Kerry, Galway and Mayo from 2pm to 9pm on Saturday.

Met Éireann said southerly winds "will be very strong and gusty, especially near coasts" in the five counties, with localised wave overtopping possible in parts.

Heavy showers are predicted, in addition to a chance of hail which may lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

It will be a windy night across the country, with scattered showers which may turn heavy in some areas.

Although Met Éireann said the winds will ease somewhat overnight, gusty conditions will persist near west and northwest coasts, with lowest temperatures between 2 and 4 degrees.

Sunday is also set to bring unsettled weather, as winds and scattered showers continue to make their way across the country and maximum temperatures of between 5 and 9 degrees.

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