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Blown away Ireland weather: Met Eireann issue two warnings ahead of gale force winds

Where winds are onshore there is a risk of coastal flooding around high tide,” the forecaster added. “There is also a risk of more severe gusts for a time in parts of the west.”

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Stormy Seas at Pool Beg Light house Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Stormy Seas at Pool Beg Light house Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Stormy Seas at Pool Beg Light house Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Met Eireann has issued a weather warning for 15 counties across Ireland as gale force winds are expected to rip across the country on Sunday.

The Status Yellow wind warning for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford comes into effect at 6am on Sunday morning.

It will remain in place until 6pm, and comes with a warning of that it will be very windy throughout the day, with strong to gale force southerly winds veering southwesterly.

“Where winds are onshore there is a risk of coastal flooding around high tide,” the national forecaster added. “There is also a risk of more severe gusts for a time in parts of the west.”

The warning adds: “Strong winds are likely to lead to some travel disruption, and impacts from large waves for some coastal locations and causeways.”

Meanwhile, another wind warning will be in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford from 9pm on Friday night until 9am on Saturday.

Met Eireann said: "Strong southeasterly winds tonight, with mean speeds of 50 to 60 km/h and gusts to 90 km/h. Where winds are onshore there is a risk of coastal flooding."

An earlier forecast predicted that there will be sleet and snow in the north and east for a time on Saturday morning with further accumulations bringing a risk of some disruption.

Elsewhere, there'll be outbreaks of rain and drizzle as less cold air begins to move in from the Atlantic. By afternoon, falls of sleet or snow will become confined to northeast Ulster with a thaw setting in elsewhere.

The wind will pick up on Saturday night with any snow remaining in the north and east continuing to thaw. Temperatures will continue to rise overnight, ranging 7 to 11 degrees by dawn on Sunday when strong to gale force southeast winds begin to make their presence felt.

It will remain breezy on Monday with patchy rain clearing during the morning to leave plenty of dry weather and sunny spells. Maximum temperatures will be between 10 to 13 degrees in moderate southerly breezes.

The rest of the week will stay changeable with generally milder than average temperatures for mid-February.

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