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Gale-way Ireland weather: Status Yellow wind warning issued for Donegal, Galway and Mayo ahead of 100km/h gusts

By early tonight, it will become "very windy" with with strong and gusty southwesterly winds, with gales in parts of the west and northwest.

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A windsurfer in choppy waters near the South Bull Wall

A windsurfer in choppy waters near the South Bull Wall

A windsurfer in choppy waters near the South Bull Wall

A Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for three counties ahead of gusts of up to 100km/h amid an "unsettled" weekend.

Galway, Mayo and Donegal have been placed under the alert which comes into effect at 5pm this evening and lasts until 2am on Sunday.

A Met Eireann forecaster revealed: "Southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of up to 100 km/h."

Saturday will start off dry with bright or sunny spells this morning, apart from some well scattered showers in the western half of the country.

A forecaster added: "Cloud will thicken from the west with outbreaks of rain and drizzle pushing in by the afternoon, gradually extending eastwards through the day, turning heavy and persistent in parts of the west and north.

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Windy weather (stock photo)

Windy weather (stock photo)

Windy weather (stock photo)

"Becoming windy with southwesterly winds increasing fresh to strong and gusty, with gales in western coastal areas later bringing a risk of flooding. Highest temperatures of seven to 11 degrees."

By early tonight, it will become "very windy" with with strong and gusty southwesterly winds, with gales in parts of the west and northwest.

The west and northwest will be hit by heavy rain overnight with lows of four to eight degrees.

Sunday will be cloudy with further outbreaks of rain but temperatures will be mild with highs of 11 to 15 degrees.

And the rain and drizzle will become more widespread again through the afternoon and evening, heavy at times in the southwest, west and northwest.

The wind will also return with fresh to gusty to southwest winds.

Meanwhile, parts of the UK will be hotter than Saint Tropez and Ibiza as the mercury could rise to 24C in south-east England by Tuesday.

It would be only the second day in March that the temperature has reached this high in records going back to 1884.

Ireland will also enjoy a mild start to the week with toasty temperatures of 17C predicted on Monday and Tuesday.

Met Eireann added: "It will become milder through the weekend and very mild early next week, before turning cooler by midweek. Unsettled this weekend with some wet and windy weather, but becoming drier next week as pressure builds."

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