A cold, wet and windy start to the weekend, with further unsettled weather forecast for the weekend, according to Met Éireann.
Friday - A status yellow wind warning remains in place for Connacht and counties Limerick, Kerry, Clare, Donegal and Cavan until 12pm today. The status Orange Wind warning issued for Mayo and Donegal yesterday, December 6th, ceases from 9am this morning, as reported by us here.
This will leave a cold, blustery and wet day on Friday. Showers will be widespread throughout the country, heavy in places with a risk of hail and thunder also. There will be some bright and sunny periods in between showers. Top temperatures on the day of 5 to 8 degrees, feeling cooler due to fresh to strong southwest winds. These winds will veer westerly in direction, increasing strong to gale force by the afternoon. Winds will be strongest in Atlantic coastal areas.
Friday night will see a mixture of blustery periods, clear spells and the odd shower. These showers will be most prevalent in northern areas, accompanied by strong southwest winds.
Saturday - Further wet weather expected on Saturday, with another batch of rain expected to spread eastwards across the country by the morning time. This rain will turn to more sporadic showers by the afternoon, though they will prevail in the north and northwest of the country.
Saturday night will see the windy weather continue, with showery rain also. Strong and gusty westerly winds veer northwest and decrease fresh to moderate by morning. Lowest overnight temperatures of 5 to 7 degrees.
Sunday - Early indications suggest a much drier day for Sunday, though it will be cold, with winds veering to the northwest. There will, however, be sunny periods in many places, with showers mainly occurring in the north and west of the country.
Sunday night is expected to remain dry for the most part, though it will be cold with widespread frost forming overnight and a risk of icy patches. Winds will be much lighter overnight.
Early Next Week - Current forecast suggests the dry weather will continue into early next week. It is expected to be less cold, though with frost forming overnight, especially in the east and the Midlands.