The weather will continue to be just as patchy this weekend as it has been for much of the previous few days, with rain expected to hit all parts of the country tomorrow afternoon after a promising start to the day.
It will be largely dry tonight with clear spells. However, areas of mist and fog will develop, and some drizzle will move on to southern coasts and hills later in the night. South to southwest winds will strengthen and back southeasterly, touching gale force along the west coast by the end of the night. Minimum temperatures of 8-11 degrees.
Saturday morning will begin dry in most areas with mist and fog particularly affecting some southern coasts and hills. Towards late morning a band of rain will reach Atlantic coastal fringes. This band of rain will extend gradually eastwards during the afternoon and evening but it will make slow progress. Some eastern parts of the country may well hold dry until late evening time. Highest afternoon temperatures of 16-19 degrees in strong to very strong and gusty south to southeast winds but winds reaching gale force along Atlantic coasts at times.
Outbreaks of rain along the west coast on Saturday night will push eastwards, but the rain will break up as it crosses the country and there will be a lot of dry weather overall. Lowest temperatures will be 12-13 degrees and winds will steadily ease to light to moderate southerly.
The last of any rain will clear eastwards on Sunday morning, possibly lingering along the east coast for a time, and then there'll be scattered showers with some spells of sunshine developing, the best of any sun in the south of the country. Temperatures will reach highs of between 15 and 19 degrees, warmest in the southeast and winds will be light to moderate from a southwesterly direction, becoming variable in direction later.
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