Weather warnings issued and temperatures set to plummet for the weekend

Weather warnings issued and temperatures set to plummet for the weekend

Met Eireann has issued two weather warnings ahead of Storm Gertrude, as winds are expected to reach dangerous levels over the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, UK weather services are warning of snow and sub-zero temperatures over the weekend with an Arctic blast predicted.

A Status Orange warning has been issued for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Longford, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

Winds of between 65-80kph are expected with gusts of 130kph at times.

A second Yellow level warning has been issued for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary.

South-westerly winds of between 50 to 65 km/h are expected, with gusts of up to 110kph.

Very strong winds and stormy condition are predicted for tonight with dangerous gusts in places, especially in northern and western coastal areas. 

There will be patch, scattered rainfall which will become heavy and possibly thundery for a time, before clearing around dawn

Elsewhere, Britain is on severe storm alert with freezing gale force winds, ice and snow forecast this weekend. 

Met Office spokeswoman Lindsay Mears said: "It is going to turn much colder again as Polar maritime air arrives across Britain.

"It will be quite windy and this will make it feel colder than temperatures suggest, and Friday looks like seeing the return of stormy weather.

"We are also expecting snowy showers over high ground."