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Weekend: Windy weather on the way

Strong winds are the focus over the coming few days Photo: STAN LEIGH

For many parts of the Granada region during this weekend dry, bright and blustery conditions will dominate our weather story by day - but there's a BUT!

The Met Office is forecasting an unsettled period of weather for the week ahead as a series of Atlantic depressions pass close to the northwest of the UK. These will bring a significant risk of severe gales and heavy rain affecting at least the northwest of the UK at times. The first significant one passes through our region later on Saturday.

The first of a series of low pressure systems tracks the NE of the UK, bringing spell of rain and gales by Saturday night

Saturday will start cold and clear but end wet and windy as the low pressure moves north and east in Scotland. Gusts of 50-60+ mph are possible for the region, especially for Cumbria and for the Isle of Man (where the Met Office have already issued a Yellow warning for Saturday). Warnings are likely to be modified as we head closer to the period.

Sunday starts windy but looks drier and brighter for much of the day. Winds will remain fairly blustery.

Looking ahead these Atlantic depressions will almost certainly continue to bring wet and very windy spells to parts of the country as we head into next week. Which areas will experience the strongest winds and heaviest rain in still uncertain but definitely a much more unsettled week ahead for the Northwest.