A blustery start to the weekend will signal the beginning of a rather turbulent few days of weather, wind strong winds, sunshine and a spells of rain all predicted over the next 72 hours.
Tonight will be very windy with scattered heavy showers at first and longer spells of rain in the north. But showers will become confined to the west and north later. Strong to near gale and gusty westerly winds will persist in many areas for a time tonight and overnight, but they will decrease fresh towards dawn. Lowest temperatures will remain around 5-8 degrees.
Tomorrow, Saturday will be another windy day. It will be mostly dry with bright or sunny spells in the east at first, but showers affecting western parts of the country will become more widespread by the afternoon. The showers will merge to longer spells of rain at times in the west and north, with a risk of thunder there. Westerly winds will increase strong or very strong and gusty again. Top temperatures will be around 8-11 degrees.
Saturday night will continue windy with showery rain. Strong and gusty westerly winds veer northwest and decrease fresh to moderate by morning. Lowest temperature will be around 5-7 degrees.
Sunday will be a brighter day with some sunny spells and scattered showers, these mainly affecting the west and northwest. West to northwest winds will be moderate to fresh with top temperatures of 7-9 degrees. Sunday night will become mostly dry with good clear spells at first but cloud will increase from the west later. Moderate westerly winds will fall light and it will turn colder with lowest temperatures of 2-6 degrees and a touch of grass frost.
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