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Weather warning remains in place after gale force winds batter the country over the weekend

The orange alert applies for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo
The orange alert applies for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo

A Met Éireann-imposed orange weather warning remains in place today after gale force winds battered the country over the weekend.

Forecasters confirmed that today would continue to be wet and windy, but that the rain would mostly clear into showers by the afternoon.

The weather warning, which remains in place until midnight, warns of winds reaching speeds of up to 80kph with gusts of up to 130kph.

The orange alert applies for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo, while a yellow alert has been issued for Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford.

Met Éireann said that there would be "significant rainfall spreading across the country" on Thursday which would be followed by cool and gusty westerly winds.

The wind warning comes after violent gales hit the country over the weekend.

Counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick were battered by violent 130km/h gusts.