Met Éireann has issued separate wind, rainfall, and thunder weather warnings for most parts of the country, with strong gusts and thundery downpours expected throughout the day.

A yellow wind warning is in effect for counties Wexford, Clare, Cork, Kerry, and Waterford – with winds reaching 80-90km/h in exposed areas.

Meanwhile, thundery downpours are forecast for counties Clare and Kerry and spot flooding is likely, especially in coastal areas. 30-50mm of rain is expected to fall by 6pm.

A separate yellow thunder warning was issued this morning for Munster, Connacht, and Leinster, with Met Éireann saying there was a moderate risk of thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, a sailor on his yacht who had been missing 45 miles south of Mizen Rock amid stormy conditions last night has been located safe and well. 

The English registered eight-metre  'Soulage' was spotted in the water just before 9.45am by the Shannon-based Rescue 115 Coastguard helicopter.

Valentia Radio, which is co-ordinating the rescue operation, tasked Rescue 115 and the Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat to the scene after the sailor's Personal Location Beacon activated at 07.32am.

He had been in radio contact with Valentia yesterday for a weather forecast ahead of last night's stormy weather conditions.  

Drivers in Dublin city centre are being advised to take extreme caution along Georges Quay after strong winds blew roadworks barriers onto the road.