Batton down the  hatches – Donegal is facing its worst weather since the start of the year.

Met Eireann has issued an Orange Alert Wind Warning for the county along with Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo and Clare.

Southerly winds, veering westerly will reach mean speeds of 45 to 65 km/hr with gusts of 70 to 100 km/hr today and early tonight.

It will becoming very windy or stormy from midnight onwards with westerly winds reaching mean speeds of 50 to 70 km/hr and gusting to speeds of 100 to 130 km/hr.

In coastal areas there will be very high waves tonight and on Wednesday will bring a risk of coastal flooding.

Showers will continue tonight and some may be wintry with sleet over high ground. Winds will be fresh to strong with gale force gusts. Cold with lowest temperatures of 0 to +2 Celsius.

Tomorrow, there will be a mix of showers and sunny spells on - some of the showers heavy and wintry. It will be cold with highs of only 4 to 6 degrees in strong to gale force westerly winds.

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