Galway is expected to get battered by strong winds on Friday night, with a status yellow weather warning issued by Met Eireann.
Southerly winds veering southwesterly, will reach mean speeds of 50-65km/hr tonight, with gusts of up to 100km/hr overnight.
Winds will be strongest in coastal areas and high ground, and there is a possibility of local wave overtopping, Met Eireann has warned.
The wind warning for Galway and Mayo will be in effect from 8pm tonight, until 8am on Saturday morning.
A marine weather warning for winds reaching gale force 8 or strong gale force 9 tonight on all Irish coastal waters has also been issued.
Despite the wind warning, conditions in Galway are expected to be mostly dry today, with some scattered showers, and temperatures of 12 to 13 degrees.
There will be more light intermittent rain on New Year’s Day, but also sunny spells in the late morning and early afternoon.