A number of yellow wind warnings have been issued for the west and north as strong winds are expected to affect much of the country until Saturday.

Counties Clare and Kerry will be the first to come under the warning at 7pm. Met Éireann has forecast winds with average speeds expected to reach 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h.

The warning will remain in place until 5pm tomorrow.

The same level warning will operate from 9pm tonight until 9pm tomorrow night for counties Galway and Mayo.

Sligo and Donegal will be affected from 6am tomorrow morning until 9pm.

Met Éireann says unseasonably windy weather is expected to affect the country from this evening until Saturday evening. 

The forecaster warned that "given the time of year, there is potential for wind-related impacts such as debris from trees and movement of unsecured outdoor items".

Met Éireann meteorologist Siobhán Ryan said weather warnings are not really issued during the summer months and that it was unusual to get high winds during May.

She said given the generally settled and warm weather we have been experiencing, the winds may come as a surprise to people.

She said they would last for three days and urged people to secure garden furniture.