Met Éireann has issued a status Yellow wind warning for the entire west coast as stormy conditions are expected to hit most of Ireland over the course of this evening and Friday.

The warning was issued for all of Connaught counties, together with counties Donegal, Kerry, Clare and Limerick.

The wind warning will be  in place from 10pm tonight until 9am Friday.

Wind speeds are expected to reach between 55 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h.

Tonight, the rain will develop in the west and spread across the country.

Met Eireann says "stormy conditions" are in store for later in the week with hail and thunder also on the cards.

Temperatures are also due to drop as low as -2 degrees, so motorists are being urged to take care as frost and ice are expected to develop over the next number of days.

Scattered, blustery showers are in store for Friday with a risk of hail and thunder.

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