Friday's weather: Wind warnings in place as Storm Barbara approaches

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Today

Wet and windy this morning as heavy rain spreads eastwards across the country. A clearance to blustery showers will follow from the west in the afternoon.

Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees but turning colder later in the day. Strong and gusty southerly winds will reach gale force along west coasts with severe gusts for a time there. Winds will turn westerly with the clearance and continue strong and gusty.

Tonight

Becoming less windy tonight but still breezy with scattered showers, some heavy later in the night.

Lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees in moderate to fresh westerly winds.

Weather warnings

Wind warning for coastal regions and high ground of Donegal, Galway and Mayo (orange)

Very windy on Friday: Southerly winds, later west to southwest of 65 to 75 km/h with severe gusts between 100 and 120 km/h.

The warning is valid until 6pm.

Wind warning for rest of the country (yellow)

Very windy on Friday: Southerly winds, later west to southwest of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts between 90 and 110 km/h, strongest on exposed coasts.

The warning is valid until 6pm.