Gusts of over 100kph expected in parts of the country today

Gusts of over 100kph are expected in parts of the country today, as a status yellow wind warning has been issued by Met Eireann.

Counties Dublin, Wexford, Wicklow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford will be the areas worst hit by the wind.

A deepening depression is expected to track eastwards across the centre of Ireland – from Galway to Dublin – this evening, with a band of very strong winds on its southern and western flanks.

These winds are forecast to affect coastal counties in the southwest, south and possibly parts of the east coast later in the day.

Southwest to west winds are expected to increase to mean speeds of between 50kph to 65kph, with gusts of 90kph to 110kph possible this afternoon in coastal counties in the southwest and south.

The severe winds are set to become northwesterly and possibly transferring to parts of the east coast later this evening or early tonight, Met Eireann added.

Winds will be at their strongest in exposed coastal areas. The wind warning was issued earlier this morning and it come into effect at 2:00pm today, September 12.

The warning is set to remain in place until just before midnight tonight. This is just one of a series of warnings issued by Met Eireann in the past few days.

Over the weekend a status yellow rainfall warning was in place across parts of the country, with between 30mm and 50mm rain forecast to fall.