‘Unseasonably windy’ weather set to buffet country

Met Éireann advisory comes into effect from 9pm on Saturday and extends to 8pm on Sunday

Forecast winds at midday on Sunday. Image:

Forecast winds at midday on Sunday. Image:

Met Éireann has issued a weather advisory for the weekend due to “unseasonably windy” weather from Saturday night.

The advisory, which forecasts strong and gusty westerly winds at times, will come into effect from 9pm on Saturday and will remain until 8pm on Sunday.

The national forecaster has also issued a blight warning, with weather conditions conducive to the spread of blight becoming more widespread over the weekend.

A status yellow marine gale warning is also in place, with southwest winds expected to reach gale force 8 on Irish coastal waters from Loop Head to Bloody Foreland to Howth Head and on the Irish Sea.

Elsewhere, the UK Met Office issued a wind warning for counties Antrim and Derry for the weekend. This status yellow warning is in effect from midnight on Sunday until 4pm that day.

In terms of the national outlook for the weekend, Met Éireann said Saturday will begin mostly cloudy and misty, with further outbreaks of rain and drizzle during the day.

These outbreaks will give way to a spell of persistent rain in the north and west by Saturday evening, with maximum temperatures during the day of between 15 and 20 degrees.

Saturday night will see strong winds and gales developing on coasts. Outbreaks of rain overnight will push eastwards, with some heavy falls in Atlantic coastal counties. Minimum temperatures overnight will be between 9 and 11 degrees.

Sunday will be an unseasonably windy day with a mix of sunny spells and blustery showers. The showers will be heaviest and most frequent in Connacht, Ulster and west Munster, with some thundery downpours possible.

Maximum temperatures during the day will be between 13 and 17 degrees, with the coolest weather in Atlantic coastal areas.

On Sunday night, showers will become more or less confined to Ulster and north Connacht and along the Atlantic coasts, with mainly dry and clear conditions developing elsewhere.

Lowest temperatures of between 9 and 11 degrees are forecasted during the night.

Showers will likely persist in Ulster and near some Atlantic coasts on Monday, but it will be mainly dry elsewhere with sunny spells.

Maximum temperatures will range from 13 or 14 degrees in the northwest to 17 or 18 degrees in the east and south in moderate northwest breezes.

Most areas will be dry on Monday night with clear spells, just a few light showers near west and northwest coasts and lows of 7 to 10 degrees.

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