Three weather warnings are in place with Munster and Connacht on yellow alert for high winds from 4am and Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal’s wind warning kicked in at 8am while all of Ireland is on alert for heavy rain

Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, Mayo, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford were all on yellow alert since 6am as up to 40mm of rainfall is expected by this evening.

Met Eireann say: “Southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr.

“Gusts will exceed these values in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground, especially in the southwest.”

Thundery downpours could lead to temporary surface flooding, the forecaster added.

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They said: “Wet and very windy today. Outbreaks of heavy rain across the west of the country will extend north-eastwards to remaining areas by early afternoon.

“The rain will be accompanied by strengthening southeasterly winds which will increase gale to strong gale force along exposed coasts.

“A few squally, thundery downpours are likely which may lead to temporary surface flooding. Top temperatures will range 9 to 13 degrees.”