A climatologist has said the average temperature this month has been 10C, which is about 3C cooler than most years, but it is not unusual as it does occur "from time to time".

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Emeritus Professor of Geography at Maynooth University John Sweeney said people have to accept this weather is "part and parcel of Irish climate" in any year.

However, he said it is "unfortunate that we are getting these unsettled conditions at this time this year".

On a lighter note, he added, the current conditions will not last forever.

The weather the country is experiencing is exceptional and it has been a very cool, late spring, he explained.

It comes as Met Éireann said today's weather is unseasonably wet and windy and it will be cool and unsettled into early next week, but with tentative signs of settled weather from midweek.

Status Yellow wind and rain warnings have been issued for many parts of the country with gusts of up to 110km/h forecast in some areas.

A Status Yellow wind warning is in operation for Cork and Kerry until midnight tonight.

Met Éireann has said wind mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 80 to 110km/h, higher gusts possible in coastal areas, can be expected.

In Wexford and Waterford, a wind warning is in place until 4pm today with mean wind speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 80 to 100km/hr.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Clare, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Galway, Mayo until midnight.

Up to 50mm of rain has been forecast, with some localised flooding.

The most amount of rain will fall in mountainous areas.