Westerly winds will increase on Thursday to produce gusts of 50-60mph, perhaps as high as 70mph on exposed coasts and hills.
The greatest strength transfers into northern England and southern Scotland by the afternoon.
Winds will then gradually ease across all areas during Thursday evening.
According to provisional Met Office statistics this has been the coldest March for 50 years.
A selection of you pictures showing this weekend's windy weather
As High Pressure and settled weather south & east, milder and (eventually) more unsettled conditions develop from the south and west.