A STATUS Yellow wind warning is in place for Laois, as Met Éireann warns of gusts reaching up to 100km/h.
The warning originally issued for just two counties has been extended to the entire country and remains in place until 9pm tonight.
Met Éireann says that strong south-westerly winds will give damaging gusts of 80 to 100 km/h.
A weather advisory is also in place for unseasonably windy weather across the country tomorrow, including Laois and the midlands. The advisory is valid unit 6pm on Saturday 23 May. However, the weather front has not been given storm status.
Met Éireann warned: “Given the time of year, there is potential for wind-related impacts such as debris from trees and movement of unsecured outdoor items.”
WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST:
Windy and showery with fresh to strong, gusty southwest winds and gales near northwest coasts. Further heavy showers of rain or hail, some of them thundery. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees.
SATURDAY 23 MAY
Saturday will be a blustery or windy day. It will be mostly cloudy over the northern half of the country, with spells of showery rain. Brighter further south, with sunshine and showers. Highest temperatures of 12 to 16 degrees with fresh, gusty westerly winds, which will be strong to gale force in the northwest
SUNDAY 24 MAY
Mainly dry apart from one or two showers in the north and northwest. The best of the sunshine will be over the southern half of the country, with a bit more cloud further north. Highest temperatures ranging from 15 degrees in the west to 20 degrees in the east, with moderate southwest breezes.