Wet and windy weekend ahead with outbreaks of rain across the country

Wet and windy weather is forecast for this weekend, and Saturday will see outbreaks of rain and drizzle spreading across the country.

Overall, the weather will be windy and dull for much of Saturday and Sunday, but temperatures will remain balmy in February.

“The southeast will generally remain the driest for much of the day,” said Met Éireann forecaster Andrew Doran-Sherlock.

There will be cool, gusty westerly winds all day today, with gales on the coasts as well.

However, the temperature will be mild for this time of year, according to Doran-Sherlock. “Highest temperatures will reach 7 to 11 degrees, especially in the south.”

The rain will eventually clear to the south, but a cold front will pass on Sunday evening, with scattered showers arriving from the north. This will result in a cooler start to Sunday, with the potential for frost, hail or sleet showers.

There is also a risk of thunderstorms, but these will be mostly confined to the sea, but the northern part of the country could also be at risk.

As Sunday progresses it will get a bit warmer and as the week goes on it will be milder, cloudier and drizzier. “Temperatures can reach 13 to 14 degrees, a little above average.”

Currently a small craft warning is in place for all day Saturday as westerly winds will reach force six or more along all Irish coasts.

There is also a yellow gale warning for all coasts of Ireland and on the Irish Sea. Westerly winds will reach gale force eight at times, and the warning is in place until noon Sunday.

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