A “very windy” and “wet” start to the weekend, though according to Met Éireann winds will subside, leaving a mixture of showers and sunny spells.
Friday - A very wet and windy start with winds, southeasterly in direction, increasing to strong and gusty. Some winds will even reach gale force in coastal areas. Rain is expected to spread throughout the country in the morning time, turning heavy for a period. Rain will clear to just heavy showers in the west and southwest by the afternoon, with winds expected to ease. Top temperatures on the day of 11 to 13 degrees.
A Status Yellow wind warning remains in place for Connacht and Munster from 4am on Friday until 3pm; south-easterly winds will reach means speeds of 50-65km/hr, with gusts of 90-110km/hr. A Status Yellow Wind warning is also in place for Cavan; Monaghan; Leinster and Donegal from 8am-7pm on Friday. Met Éireann has outlined that south-easterly winds will reach mean speeds of 50-65/kr with gusts of 90-110km/hr.
Meanwhile, a Status Yellow Rainfall warning is in place for Dublin; Carlow; Kildare; Kilkenny; Louth; Wexford; Wicklow; Galway; Mayo; Cork; Kerry; Tipperary and Waterford. Heavy rain will lead to accumulations of around 25-40mm, but there is a possibility that these limits could be exceeded in mountainous areas; this warning is effective from 6am until 6pm on Friday. Friday night will see scattered showers falling, predominantly along the Atlantic coast. Overnight lows of 3 to 7 degrees. Winds will be moderate and southwesterly in direction.
Saturday - A mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers on Saturday, with the majority of the wet weather confined to the west of the country. It should remain dry in the east, with top temperatures on the day of just 8 to 11 degrees Celsius.
These scattered showers are expected to continue overnight on Saturday, with temperatures ranging from 2 to 6 degrees.
Sunday - A very similar forecast to Saturday’s, with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. Eastern regions are again expected to stay dry, with showers giving way to longer spells of rain in western areas later in the day. Southerly winds will freshen a little during the afternoon with maximum daytime temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.
Next Week - Early indications suggest a mixture of sunshine and showers on Monday, with temperatures returning to normal levels for the time of the year and further rain likely on Tuesday.