Gusts of up to 100km/h are expected to hit parts of the country today, as Met Eireann has issued a status yellow wind warning.

The weather warning came into effect today, February 2, and is set to remain in place until 6am on Friday, February 3. 

Strong winds are expected across the country in the next few hours, with coastal areas set to be worst affected. 

Southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds of 45-60km/h, with gusts of 80-100km/h expected along the coast.

Meanwhile, spells of heavy rain are forecast at times today, with a few sunny breaks expected to develop as temperatures reach highs of 10 to 12 degrees.

The rain is expected to clear eastwards overnight, as temperatures fall to between 2 to 6 degrees with a slight frost locally towards dawn.

Strong and blustery southwest winds are forecast for much of the night, but these are set to ease somewhat closer to sunrise.

Both drying and spraying conditions are expected to be fairly poor overall over the coming days with wet weather expected on many of the days.

Well drained soils are mostly trafficable at present and will remain so for the coming days, with poorly drained soils saturated or waterlogged in most places, according to Met Eireann.

It is forecast to be mainly dry at first with sunny spells tomorrow morning, Friday, as strong winds are expected to ease.

However, later in the day rain is set to develop in the southeast and east.

This rain is forecast to spread westwards tomorrow evening, with showers expected to turn heavy in the east with snow likely on high ground and possibly also on lower levels.

Temperatures are likely to range from 6 to 9 degrees, but it is forecast to turn colder in the rain during the afternoon.

Outbreaks of rain will develop on Friday night, turning in places with the risk of sleet or snow, especially in the east of the country on high ground.