Longford Weather Alert: Met Éireann forecasts strong winds and lots of rain for this weekend

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Longford Weather Alert: Met Éireann forecasts strong winds and lots of rain for this weekend

The outlook over Ireland for tomorrow, according to Met Eireann.

With tomorrow being the second last Saturday before Christmas, the last thing shoppers need is wind and rain.

And yet that's exactly what Met Éireann has predicted for this weekend.

Tomorrow, Saturday, will be very wet and windy with the risk of spot flooding as heavy rain continues through the day. South to southeast winds will be strong to very strong.

Later in the afternoon and evening winds veer west to northwest over Munster and Connacht and strengthen further with severe and damaging gusts. But over the east winds will likely remain very strong south to southeast until evening. Top temperatures will be between 6 and 11 degrees.

The rain will clear tomorrow night and it will become mostly dry by morning. Temperatures will fall to near freezing as skies clear and strong westerly winds will gradually ease and back southerly.

Sunday will be a mostly dry day with just a few showers at the coasts. Temperatures will range between 5 and 7 degrees in the afternoon in mainly light southerly breezes. It'll be cold on Sunday night once again as temperatures fall to between zero and plus 3 degrees.

After a dry start on Monday, increasing southerly winds will be accompanied by another spell of heavy rain. The winds will ease later in the day as the rain clears to showers from the west. Temperatures will range between 9 and 11 degrees during the day, falling to between 4 and 6 degrees on Monday night. 

The rain will linger in the east for a time on Tuesday before the clearer weather in the west extends through. Winds will be light to moderate south or southwesterly. 

The further outlook for the midweek period is for continued unsettled conditions with showers mostly affecting western coastal areas. Winds mainly moderate south to southwesterly in direction.