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Wild and windy Ireland weather: Status Yellow wind warning issued for Donegal, Galway and Mayo ahead of 110km/h gusts

In addition to that, there is a risk of coastal flooding around high tide wherever the winds are onshore.

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Windy weather (stock photo)

Windy weather (stock photo)

Windy weather (stock photo)

A Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for three western counties as the nation begins to move past the previous cold spell.

Met Éireann have placed Donegal, Galway and Mayo under an alert, as south-westerly winds are expected to reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h, along with gusts of 90 to 110km/h.

In addition to that, there is a risk of coastal flooding around high tide wherever the winds are onshore.

According to meteorologist Liz Walsh, the warning - which will be in place from 9pm tonight until 9am tomorrow - is not expected to go beyond the west coast.

“It’s contained to the west coast, it’s just a localised event to the west and northwest tonight,” she told Sundayworld.com.

“It’ll be windy at times on the west and northwest with yellow wind warnings in operation for tonight, possibly again early on Wednesday.”

“And rainfall warnings are possible in the south towards the end of the week, and that’s Thursday to Saturday.”

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A man battles strong winds as waves crash over sea wall

A man battles strong winds as waves crash over sea wall

A man battles strong winds as waves crash over sea wall

For today though it’s expected to be largely cloudy and misty this morning, with scattered showers extending across the country. The showers will gradually clear north-eastwards through the morning with drier, brighter conditions following.

This afternoon is set to be drier, with highest temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees. The cold snap earlier in the month appears to be over, with Ms Walsh saying temperatures will be a bit higher this week.

“This week at a glance it’s overall milder than average and a predominantly southerly or southwesterly airflow with rain mostly at night and sunshine and sun showers during the daytime,” she said.

“They’ll be a blip back to near or slightly below average around midweek with a risk of some wintry precipitation in the south and east on Wednesday night.

“That’s very short-lived as there’s more rain coming through on Thursday and much milder conditions as well."

Wednesday night will be a bit colder, with lowest temperatures of zero to three degrees, and the possibility of some sleet and snow fall. However, some uncertainty remains as a low-pressure system is expected to move up from the south, bringing widespread rain and possible flooding in some areas.

Thursday is set to start wet and windy, becoming largely dry by the afternoon with highest temperatures of five to nine degrees. Friday will be a bit milder, as temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees arrive along with fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds moderate.

As for the weekend, current indications suggest that it will continue to be very mild with daytime highs in the mid-teens. There will be widespread rain on Saturday, but by Sunday it’ll become drier in areas away from Atlantic coasts.

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