Both wind and rainfall warnings have been issued by Met Eireann for parts of the country as Storm Doris is set to hit Ireland tonight.

A status yellow weather warning for wind has been issued for the entire country tonight.

Winds are expected to increase to average speeds of 45-65km/h, with peak gusts in exposed sites of 90-110km/h likely, according to Met Eireann.

These southwesterly gusts are set to gradually veer northwesterly overnight.

The warning is expected to come into effect after midnight tonight, along with an advisory warning for stormy conditions, and is set to remain until midday on Thursday, February 23.

Meanwhile, a status yellow rainfall warning is set to affect parts of the west and north of the country.

Some 25-50mm of rain is forecast to fall in counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo overnight.

The warning is set to come into effect at 9pm tonight and will come to an end at 6am tomorrow morning, February 23.

These stormy conditions are reportedly cause by a deepening Atlantic low pressure system that is forecast to track across Ireland and Britain tonight.

Similar weather warnings have also been brought into effect across parts of northern England and Wales by the UK Met Office, with some of these expected to rise to orange warnings on Thursday.

Warnings for both high winds and heavy rainfall are also in place across the majority of Northern Ireland.


Once the weather warnings are lifted, the rest of Thursday is forecast to be a bright but cold day.

Some sunny spells and scattered showers are expected to develop, with the possibility of some of these showers turning wintry.

Strong winds will continue on Thursday morning, but they are set to ease slowly as the day progresses with temperature ranging from 6 to 9 degrees.

Similar dry and bright conditions are expected on Friday, according to Met Eireann.