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05 March 2015 10:53


Cloudy and breezy today with some patchy drizzle and mist in parts of the west and northwest. Later today more persistent rain will affect these areas. Elsewhere it will remain dry. Relatively mild with highs of 9 to 11 degrees, with moderate to fresh southwest winds.


There will be further outbreaks of rain and drizzle in the northwest tonight, but for most of the country it will be dry. Staying breezy in moderate to fresh southwest winds, but it will be a mild night with lows of 5 to 8 degrees.


Friday will be a similar day, outbreaks of rain in the northwest, but staying dry elsewhere. It will be a windier day though with fresh to strong southwest winds, with gusty conditions along the west coast. Cloudy with highs of 10 to 13 degrees.


Moderate southerly winds will mean temperatures on Friday night are unlikely to fall below 7 or 8 degrees nationwide and it'll be another mainly dry night. There is
still the risk, however, of patchy outbreaks of rain along western and northwestern coasts.

Temperatures are set to peak on Saturday with highs in the afternoon of between 12 and 14 degrees. It'll be windy though so it may feel cooler than that at times; the winds will be moderate to fresh southerly, strong along the northwest coast. It'll be a mainly dry day but frontal rain along the west coast, patchy through Friday and the early part of Saturday, will start to become more persistent later on Saturday. Then on Saturday night the rain will start spreading eastwards. Temperatures on Saturday night will be about 5 or 6 degrees with no frost.

The rain will clear eastwards early on Sunday and it will be a fresher day. The winds will veer westerly with the clearing rain and it will become mainly dry and sunny but cooler, temperatures on Sunday will be lower, about 9 or 10 degrees at best, but significantly colder on Sunday night and as the winds fall light and variable a frost will form as temperatures fall below freezing.

Monday will start out dry but rain will develop from the south during the afternoon, spreading northwards and becoming heavy and persistent and then widespread. Winds will be light to moderate from the southeast. It'll be cold again on Monday night with a ground frost.

The current indications suggest another settled spell beyond Monday with mainly dry weather from Tuesday on. Temperatures around normal for the time of year but cold at night with frost.
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