Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow Wind Warning for Co. Donegal ahead of a wet and windy night.
Heavy rain, high winds and possible localised flooding are forecast for Friday night into Saturday morning.
The west coast will be worst affected, where winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h and may be higher in coastal and exposed areas.
Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry have all been issued with a Status Yellow wind warning from 10pm tonight until 7am Saturday morning.
Met Eireann is forecasting an unsettled weekend: “Overnight wind and rain will clear eastwards during Saturday morning. Whilst autumn sunshine will break through, scattered blustery showers will develop too. Later in the evening, showers will intensify across Atlantic coastal counties, merging to longer spells of rain here, with some thundery falls bringing the risk of hail.”
Sunday will bring similar thundery conditions: “A steering low will feed in blustery thundery showers on Sunday with a risk of hail, most frequent across Atlantic counties, where they will merge into longer spells of rain at times.
“Some further blustery heavy showers are expected Sunday night, again mainly across Atlantic counties.”
The week ahead will have “generally unsettled and potentially stormy weather” as the remnants from Hurricane Epsilon hits Ireland. The weather event is expected to arrive on Tuesday and meteorologists are continuing to monitor the system closely.