Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow wind warning for tonight (Wednesday, September 23) which will affect three counties in the south and west of the country.

Issued at 9:00am this morning, the alert will come into effect at 11:00pm and remain in place until 12:00pm tomorrow.

The warning will affect counties: Clare; Cork; and Kerry.

Very windy conditions are expected to develop in parts of Munster overnight and during Thursday morning, the national meteorological office warns.

Southerly winds veering west to northwest will reach mean speeds of 55 to 65kph at times, with gusts of 90 to 110kph, highest in coastal areas and on exposed hills and mountains where winds may temporarily exceed these thresholds.

Given the time of year with many trees in full leaf, there is a greater potential for wind related impacts, it was added.

Meanwhile, for the country in general, it will be cool today with a mix of cloud and sunny spells.

Scattered showers in the west during the morning will spread eastwards through the day, with some heavy bursts possible. Rain will develop in the southwest this evening.

Highest temperatures of just 11° to 14° are expected, in a light northwesterly or variable breeze.

Later winds will back southerly and strengthen on west and southwest coasts, Met Éireann concludes.