Met Éireann has warned that Storm Alex is set to bring wet and windy weather across Ireland, Britain and France during the rest of this week, including thunderstorms and heavy downpours.

The storm was named by the French met office.

It will hit France, parts of northern Spain and southern England between Thursday night and Friday morning, with strong gusts of wind expected to reach Ireland later that day.

Heavy rainfall will then spread across Ireland on Saturday with a risk of flooding, as well as strong to gale force winds along coastal areas.

The rain is set to ease in many parts on Sunday, but it will remain blustery for most of the day.