Thursday's weather: Storm Doris brings strong wind and heavy rain

Information supplied by Met Éireann

Today

Extremely windy, stormy in places around dawn and for a time early this morning, with gale force northwest winds and some severe and damaging squalls, but winds will gradually moderate through the day.

A cold day, widespread showers this morning, some prolonged and heavy and some wintry in parts of Ulster and north Leinster with some snow on higher ground.

Showers will become more scattered this afternoon with better sunny spells.

Top afternoon temperatures only 5 to 8 degrees Celsius, and feeling even colder due to wind chill.

Tonight

Winds continuing to ease and it will be cold and mostly dry in midland and eastern areas with sharp frost, as temperatures fall to around zero or -1 degree Celsius, but holding around 3 or 4 degrees in western areas.

Some showers continuing in the west and northwest and cloud will generally thicken there later in the night.

Weather warning

There is a status orange wind warning for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.

Winds may increase higher in eastern areas, for a time, later tonight and early Thursday morning, with northwest winds of mean winds of 70 to 80 km/h giving gusts up to 110 to 120km/h possible.

While a status yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of the country.

Winds will increase to mean speeds of 45 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in exposed sites of 90 to 110 km/h; southwesterly gradually veering northwesterly overnight.