Met Éireann weather forecast includes rain, wind and a very chilly night

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Rain barges out the sun.

After the burst sun the almost inevitable cold, wet and windy weather is back in charge with nightime temperatures dipping to nearly freezing later in the week, according to the latest Met Éireann forecast.

Rain and drizzle continuing to extend eastwards on Wednesday and it will be locally heavy at times and accompanied by fresh, occasionally strong and gusty southerly winds. A clearance will develop in the west by early afternoon, with sunny spells and scattered showers extending eastwards later. Highest temperatures generally 9 to 12 degrees.

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Scattered showers will be feature of Wednesday evening, but the best of the clear spells will be over eastern areas. A few mist patches will develop also. Lowest temperatures will range 3 to 6 degrees with light to moderate southwest winds.

Thursday will be mostly dry with sunny spells and just a few isolated showers. Highest temperatures generally 11 to 14 degrees. Moderate southwest to south winds will increase fresh to strong and gusty along Atlantic coasts by evening time.

Thursday night will be mainly dry apart from an isolated shower on coasts, but the south to southeast winds will become fresh to strong as the next weather front approaches the west coast. There'll be rain in the west and in the south of the country by morning, quickly turning heavy. Lowest temperatures will be between 5 and 7 degrees.

Friday looks set to be the worst of the week with 'wet and windy day' on the cards. Strong southerly winds will bring rain through the morning, heavy in places. The rain will clear the southwest and the west in the afternoon and that clearance will gradually spread through the rest of the country later in the day.

Temperatures on Friday will be between 10 and 12 degrees and will fall to just 2 to 4 degrees on Friday night as skies clear and winds fall light. 

Saturday will see something of a recovery in temperatures, back to between 12 and 14 degrees with light to moderate south to southeast winds. However, with low pressure nearby there will be frequent heavy showers. 

A similar day on Sunday, winds will be most likely easterly in direction with the track of the low pressure centre expected to be to the south of the country. There'll be further showers, most frequent in the afternoon. 

The further outlook in to the early days of next week is for unsettled conditions with mainly light variable winds and temperatures recovering to around normal for the time of year.

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