The week ahead appears like it will be the most turbulent week of weather for a significant number of years.

Strong winds will commence late Monday and there will be little let up all week.

A deep depression will approach the west coast and intensify late Monday, a front will push across Ireland late Monday bringing an increase of winds and driving rain.

Southerly winds will gust to 60mph on Monday night.

During Tuesday morning an intensifying depression of around 945mb will move towards our north west coast and is expected to stay just offshore. A very tight pressure gradient will be present across the country with sustained wind speeds increasing during the day. Severe gusts will reach the west and north coasts with gusts approaching 80-90mph in this area. However there will be widespread gusts to 70mph across the country particularly in more northern areas.

It will the continue very windy for Wednesday and into Thursday and turning colder with squally wintry showers.

Then a potential extreme weather event during Thursday and into Friday, it will not be pinned down until closer to the time but the real potential is there for destructive winds. The system has the capacity to bring wind gusts above 100mph in some areas of the country, so it must be watched extremely closely.

Overall an extremely windy week, and the by the time Thursday's system arrives some objects could have become very weak and vulnerable.