A status orange weather warning remains in place this morning and into the afternoon for many counties on the west coast as wind and rain continues to batter the country.

According to Met Eireann, widespread gales will continue today with gusts ranging 90 to 120km/h and very high Atlantic waves causing some coastal flooding.

It says there will also be passing heavy showers also with thunderstorms in places and local flooding inland. Highest temperatures today are expected to be eight to 10 degrees.

The blustery weather will continue tonight with further showers according to forecasters. Met Eireann says the showers will be frequent across the south and west, but otherwise good dry spells will occur too. Lowest temperatures six to eight degrees.

On Tuesday, the high winds which have been a feature of our weather over the festive period are set to abate. However forecasters do expect more heavy showers will occur – especially across the west. Highest temperatures eight to 10 degrees.

The outlook at this stage for the rest of the week is for the stormy weather to continue to abate as the week progresses.

Met Eireann says apart from a few showers near west coasts, Tuesday night will be dry in most areas and the winds will ease. It will be a cold night and slight ground frost will form.

On Wednesday a bright start is expected in most areas, but forecasters say another batch of rain will affect Munster and Leinster during the afternoon and evening. A sharp ground frost will follow overnight.

Thursday is forecast to be will be a cold bright day with light winds. Other than scattered wintry type showers near west coasts, the day will be dry.

Milder weather is set for Friday with accompanied outbreaks of rain especially in western counties. Winds are set to remain light.

At this stage, according to Met Eireann, next weekend will be mild and mainly dry with moderate south or southeast breezes. Slight night time frosts may occur inland.