Met Éireann is forecasting a windy and unsettled weekend ahead for the country.
Friday evening will start off mainly dry with clear spells. Frost and icy patches will develop with lowest temperatures of -1 to +2 degrees.
After midnight, rain will develop in the west and will spread eastwards to all areas overnight along with fresh, gusty southerly winds bringing a rise in temperatures and clearing any frost.
Saturday will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain in many areas. Some drier intervals will develop for a time during the day. However, persistent or heavy rain will spread from the west through the evening.
In fact, Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow Wind Warning for Munster, Leinster and Galway for Saturday evening when southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of between 55 and 65 km/h with gusts up to 110 km/h possible. The warning is vaild from 3pm on Saturday until 8pm that evening.
Sunday will be very cold with sunny spells and wintry showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow with a risk of thunder. Highest temperature of just 2 to 6 degrees with moderate to fresh westerly winds.
On Sunday night, wintry showers will continue with accumulations of snow in places. Frost and icy patches will develop also with lowest temperatures of -3 to 0 degrees.
The outlook for next week is showing that it will continue cold with sunny spells with wider risk of wintry showers later next week.
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