Met Éireann issues Status Orange weather warning for six counties

A yellow wind warning is in place for the entire country while southern counties including Wexford have been issued with two status orange warnings.

The warning runs from 9am tomorrow to 3pm on Thursday but things are expected to take a turn for the worse from this afternoon. The winds pickup across Britain through the day and after a good deal of fine, bright weather, cloud and rain spread in from the west. "Winds strongest along exposed coasts, where a few higher gusts are possible".

Up to 35mm of rain could hit parts of Scotland over the course of just six hours and "widespread strong winds" will hit vast swathes of the entire country. Gales, even severe gales are expected through the North Channel.

Storm Diana, named by the IPMA Portuguese weather service, threatened the Azores archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.

The weather forecast for the next two days
Image The weather forecast for the next two days. Kort Veðurstofa Íslands

A statement issued by the Met Office explains: "A weather system will move northeastwards across the United Kingdom on Thursday bringing widespread strong winds". But drier, less windy weather, with bright spells and scattered showers over Munster will extend countrywide this afternoon. Much milder. Maximum temperature 15C. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

Lowest temperatures will be felt in Northern Ireland, with Derry at about 46.4F (8C) and similar levels in Dumfries, Stornoway and Glasgow. Rain will clear the west in the evening and will be heavy at times in the north and northwest.

Forecasters say south to southwest winds of 65 to 80 km/h will gust 110 to 130 km/h. But winds will ease from the south through the period until 2pm on Wednesday.