Irish weather forecast: A stormy weekend set to bring strong winds and heavy rain to Ireland

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The Irish weather forecast has predicted a wild weekend of strong, gusty winds and heavy showers on the Emerald Isle.

Weather experts at Met Eireann have issued a yellow wind warning with gusts of up to 100km/h suggested by the Irish weather forecast expected to batter the Atlantic coastline.

Outbreaks of rain will be heavy in parts and the Irish weather forecast warns counties Donegal and Mayo are to expect the worst conditions.

Gusty winds

Thursday will be a very windy day in Ireland with strong gusts hitting the west, northwest and southwest coast the hardest.

Winds of up to 100km/h will blow in a southwesterly direction, flagging a yellow wind warning for parts of west Ulster.

Heavy downpours are set to soak the west and northwest of Connacht throughout the day.

Showers in the south will be frequent but slightly lighter with the Irish weather forecast predicting temperatures between 10C and 13C.

Dry spells in Dublin and the southeast will offer a more pleasant afternoon before patchy drizzle arrives this evening.

Strong winds will ease slightly overnight but rain will become more widespread with thick cloud coverage across Ireland bringing a risk of mist and fog for Friday morning.

Scattered showers

The Irish weather forecast for Friday morning is bright with scattered showers and fresh west to northwest winds making it feel chilly.

Parts of Cork will see the most of any dry spells with temperatures reaching a pleasant 12C in the afternoon.

The rest of the country is set to experience outbreaks of rain and cloud with lower temperatures of between 8C in Belfast and 11C in Dublin.

Showers will clear ahead of Friday evening, bringing a dry but cold night in Ireland.

A few scattered showers of drizzle will continue in the northwest while a westerly breeze will remain moderate.

Temperatures will vary between 4C in the south and 8C in the northeast.

More frequent showers will arrive along the west coast towards Saturday morning extending eastwards towards the Midlands.

Unsettled conditions

 Saturday will continue to see unsettled conditions as scattered showers continue to sprinkle the Irish coastlines.

Leinster and Munster will stay mostly dry on Saturday afternoon with the capital enjoying highs of 12C and sunny spells in the capital.

Mild conditions will offer a good day for some Christmas shopping in the city before the rain arrives from the west on Saturday evening.

By Saturday night the entire country will be under a heavy rain cloud with winds picking up and temperatures dropping as low as 4C in rural areas.

Winds will become stronger overnight with a risk of becoming gale force along the Atlantic coast.

Stormy conditions will continue in the west on Sunday with very strong southwesterly winds and heavy rain battering the coastline.

The day will feel cold with maximum temperatures of 10C and high winds making it very crisp.

Any sunny spells will be limited to the southeast while the rest of the country will have a wet and windy Sunday afternoon to endure.

Overnight conditions will bring more rain and lows of 3C but the winds will ease slightly ahead of a new working week.