It will stay very windy on Friday night, with widespread showers merging to longer spells of rain in the north.

Further severe gusts are likely in the north and along the west coast especially.

Minimum temperatures of 3°C to 6°C in strong to gale force westerly winds, moderating a bit towards morning.

A wind warning is in place until Saturday and farmers are warned to take care.

Winds gradually abating on Saturday, with good sunshine and just scattered showers, mainly confined to Ulster and north Connacht.

However, there is a risk of rain moving into southern counties later in the day.

Highest temperatures of 5°C to 9°C in moderate to fresh westerly breezes, remaining strong for a time in the morning in the east and north.

Mainly dry Saturday night, with clear spells and frost forming fairly widely.

However, it will be cloudier in southernmost areas, with the chance of a spell of rain or sleet here for a time.

Minimum temperatures of 0°C to 3°C in light to moderate northwest breezes.

In the news

  • There was a cautious mood among farmers at the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show on Friday.
  • Contractor charges will increase by up to 5% this year, according to the latest price list published by the Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI).
  • The Oireachtas all-party committee on climate action will make recommendations that recognise Irish agriculture’s carbon efficiency and large place in the economy, while seeking support from and for farmers
  • The IFA protested outside Kerry Foods in Shillelagh, Co Wicklow, on country of origin labelling on Friday.
  • And torrential rain and flooding in Australia has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of cattle.