Heavy showers and damaging gusts affected most of Ireland today, with yellow wind warnings issued to large parts of the country.

Winds with average speeds of 50 to 65km/h and gusts of 90 to 110km/h hit yesterday. Met Éireann issued status yellow warnings to Clare, Kerry, Galway, Mayo, Donegal and Sligo, which lasted until 5pm this evening. 

More wind warnings were issued for Munster, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim and Roscommon. They were in place until 9pm.

A yellow wind warning remains in place in Donegal until 6am tomorrow.

Met Éireann forecasts the wet and windy weather to continue until tomorrow evening, with heavy showers of rain or hail, some of them thundery.

Yesterday the forecaster warned of "unseasonably windy weather" that meant there was the "potential for wind-related impacts such as debris from trees and movement of unsecured outdoor items".

Tomorrow will be a windy day, mostly cloudy over the northern half of the country with spells of showery rain. It will be brighter further south with sunshine and showers.

There'll be highest temperatures of 12 to 16 degrees with fresh, gusty westerly winds, which will be strong to gale force in the northwest.

On Saturday night, outbreaks of rain will continue in Ulster and north Connacht but will eventually clear by morning. The rest of the country will be mainly dry with a fair amount of cloud and some clear spells.