Storm Hector: Status Yellow wind warning updated to include 13 counties; Status Orange wind warning for four

Storm Hector: Status Yellow wind warning updated to include 13 counties; Status Orange wind warning for four

Latest: The Status Yellow wind warning has been updated to include 13 counties.

The earlier warning was for Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Clare and Kerry but Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath have now been added.

The warning is valid from 9pm this evening until 10am on Thursday.

The winds are associated with Storm Hector, bring wind speeds of 55 to 65 km/hr with gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr.

Met Éireann says that over Leinster winds will be strongest between 2am and 9am.

A Status Orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo is in place for the same times.

There is a risk of coastal flooding in the four counties due to high spring tides.

Earlier: Storm Hector to bring rain and wind with weather warnings for 10 counties

Pack up the shorts and suncream, the exam weather has come to an end.

Wednesday is set to bring with it rain and wind that will spread across the country with two wind warnings issued for 10 counties

There is a Status Orange wind warning issued for Wednesday night for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo.

Winds associated with Storm Hector will see gusts of 110 to 125 km/hr with the warning in place from 9pm on Wednesday until 10am on Thursday.

A Status Yellow warning has been issued for Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Clare and Kerry with Storm Hector's winds reaching speeds of 55 to 65 km/hr with gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr.

The Status Yellow warning is also in place from 9pm on Wednesday until 10am on Thursday.

According to Met Éireann, Wednesday will see rain spread throughout the rest of the country.

The rain will be most persistent in Atlantic coastal counties and it will also be windy and gusty throughout the day.

The national forecaster says Thursday will start out showery with more strong winds. However as Thursday morning becomes afternoon, the winds will die down gradually and the showers will become more scattered.

Now for some good news. Friday is set to see a return to form for the weather with sunshine in most of the country.

As the day continues the rain will return as outbreaks occur across the Ulster, Connacht and parts of Munster.

The predictions from Met Éireann suggest that the rest of the weekend will be warm but mixed.

Temperatures will be in the high teens (15 to 18 degrees) and while Saturday will start with some rain, it should get brighter as the day goes on.

Sunday will continue to be dry with a risk of showers in the evening.

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