Met Eireann has issued an orange weather wind warning for the weekend for Donegal, Galway and Mayo.

“Strong and blustery south southwest (SSW) winds 55 to 75 km/hr, gusts 85 to 100 km/hr with the strongest winds on exposed coasts and hills,” it says. The orange warning is in place until the Sunday morning of March 8.

It has also issued a status yellow wind warning for counties in the south east, west and south of the country. Met Eireann say that there will be strong and blustery SSW winds 35 to 55 km/hr and gusts 65 to 85 km/hr. The yellow warning is in place until Sunday also.

Nationally, Met Eireann say that strong winds will be continuing tonight and staying mild with lowest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees. It says that there will be some rain and drizzle affecting Connacht, Ulster and north Munster but mainly dry elsewhere.

“Saturday will be a very windy and blustery day but very mild with top temperatures of 12 to 14 degrees. Southwest gales will continue in parts of the northwest and in exposed parts elsewhere,” it says.

It will be mainly dry for much of Saturday over Leinster and east Munster with scattered outbreaks of rain in the west and north becoming more widespread in the evening, Met Eireann says.

The meteorological service is promising Sunday to brighten up and to become dry everywhere with sunny spells. It says that there will be highest temperatures of 9 to 10 degrees. It says it will become cold and frosty Sunday night and some mist and fog patches forming as temperatures fall close to freezing, it says.

Met Eireann says that rain and wind will become widespread across the country on Monday with the possibility of sleet on northern hills. It says frost and fog will form on Monday night with winds easing.

Currently, it is promising that Tuesday will be mostly dry with sunny spells and a chance of rain near the southeast. Wednesday, it says currently looks like there will be rain in most areas from the Atlantic.