‘Storm Abigail’, the first weather event named by the public in a newly adopted approach by Ireland and the UK, is expected to bring heavy winds on Thursday.
Rain will spread countrywide on Thursday morning and southerly winds will become very strong and gusty in most places.
Rain will then clear east to showers by evening and it will turn much cooler. Winds veering southwesterly with the clearance will remain very strong for a time in the northwest and north but will begin to moderate elsewhere.
Highest temperatures in the morning, 12 to 14 degrees Celsius.
Future storms will be named as follows Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, Katie, Lawrence, Mary, Nigel, Orla, Phil, Rhonda, Steve, Tegan, Vernon and Wendy.