After a very mild end to February and record breaking temperatures the weather is set to take a dramatic change especially on Friday when rain will move in from the west passing over the country moving eastwards over day day to start of the first meteorological day of spring.

On Saturday a area of low pressure will move just of the west and northwest coast bringing with it strong to severe gusts. later Saturday morning and over the afternoon and evening.

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At present the strongest winds will be along western and northwestern county’s for strong southwest winds later veering westerly in direction with gusts of between 90km/hr to 110km/hr and gusting up to 120km/hr along exposed coastal areas of the west and north of Ireland.

Some high seas and coastal flooding will also be possible on Saturday. Early Saturday morning a band of rain associated with this area of low pressure will also sweep in of the Atlantic clearing to the east over the afternoon with showers then continuing over the afternoon some heavy and blustery in places.

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With regards to weather warnings areas like Donegal, Sligo, Letirm, Mayo and Galway may see a Orange warning issued and if so this storm would be called FREYA.

A yellow wind warning may also be issued for the rest of Ireland for Saturday for winds gusting between 80km/hr to 100km/hr.

The public should stay away from coastal areas on Saturday especially along Atlantic coastal areas.

The outlook next week then calls for much colder conditions with wintry showers over higher ground leading to some accumulations and coming up to the end of next week even some wintry showers could be possible for lower level areas of the west and north of Ireland as much colder air sinks in.

Kenneth Mc Donagh from the Donegal Weather Channel


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