Motorists are being urged to be cautious with hail and possible lightning forecasts today, while a wind warning has been issued for the west from midday.
Yellow wind alert has been issued for counties Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo from 1pm today until 9pm this evening.
“On Wednesday afternoon and evening, very strong south-west winds turning north-west are expected. Winds will be strongest on the coast, with some fierce gusts that can make driving conditions difficult,” Met Éireann said.
Meanwhile, a separate severe storm warning with yellow status has been issued for coastal areas in Ireland from 11am today until 7am tomorrow morning.
“Western winds turning north-west at times reach gale force 8 or severe gale force 9 in Irish coastal waters from Valentia through Bloody Foreland to Howth Head and in the Irish Sea north of Anglesey,” Met Éireann said.
Gardaí said: “Wet and windy conditions on much of the road network this morning, with further heavy showers forecast throughout the day. Reduce speed, drive to conditions and stay safe.”
It’s going to be windy today with extensive heavy showers turning into prolonged rainy spells in places with the possibility of hail and lightning. Met Éireann said westerly winds will increase strong to near gale force and gusty, with some severe squalls, particularly along the Atlantic coast. Some sunny spells are also expected, brightest in the south-east, with maximum temperatures of 8°C to 11°C.
Bursts of rain tonight will be mostly confined to northern areas, while drier and clearer weather develops elsewhere. However, it will be very cold to the touch, with moderate to brisk westerly winds adding an extra wind chill factor, with temperatures as low as 1°C to 4°C.
Met Éireann said tomorrow will see a mix of sunshine and scattered showers, with the possibility of hail or sleet on high ground and highs of 7C to 10C with added wind chill factor.
Tomorrow night will be cold and clear save for a few wintry showers along the north and west coasts. Lowest temperatures of -2°C to 2°C are forecast with a light frost formation.
Met Éireann said Friday will see a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, with the possibility of some wintry showers, mostly on hills and mountains, and highs of 6C to 9C.
Friday night will be largely dry and clear, but temperatures will drop to lows of -2C to 1C as frost forms.
Met Éireann said Saturday will be dry and sunny across much of the country, with only light, variable breezes and highs of 7C to 11C.
Meanwhile, Sunday will be wet and windy with possible local flooding for much of the day, but will be milder with highs of 12C to 14C.
https://www.independent.ie/news/weather-warning-issued-for-four-counties-as-hail-lightning-and-severe-gusts-forecast-41525411.html Met Éireann issues weather warnings for four counties as hail, lightning and severe gusts are forecast