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THE LATEST: In-depth forecast for weekend and beyond.

Windy Morecambe Bay. Photo: Chris Coates

The next 24 hours sees a NW/SE split across the country as a warm front brings rain to many parts of the NW this afternoon.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "Be Aware" warning for heavy rain through Cumbria - from just after midnight on Saturday into Sunday, until 6am Monday morning. 60-80mm rain expected here.

Very windy too, gales through the Irish Sea on Sunday, gusts up to 65mph in the most exposed spots.

REMAINDER OF SATURDAY

After odd showers this morning in the north of the region, late morning and early afternoon starts dry and bright with sunny spells. A band of rain starts in to the western side of the region later, affecting the Isle of Man, Cumbrian coast and NW Wales. There will be some heavy bursts of rain at times in these areas, but it'll be lighter and patchier elsewhere. Best sunny spells in the SE and E of the region.

The S/SW wind increases as well, becoming strong through the Irish Sea, gusts here of 40-45mph by the end of the afternoon.

Temps around average or just above at 8-9c, 48f.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Still some heavy rain through Cumbria and the Isle of Man. Gales developing through the Irish Sea, gusts 50-60mph.

In general, patchy outbreaks of showery rain through the W/NW of the Granada region.

Very mild lows, around 6-8c so frost-free.

SUNDAY

Heavy rain at times, especially in the west. Gales through the Irish Sea, gusts 50-60mph, 65mph in the most exposed spots. Even inland, gusts of 40-45mph.

During the afternoon the wind eases a little. Still wet - this is from the same cold front which pushes in on Saturday night; it's very slow moving with waves along it.

It will be very mild in spite of the cloud, tops around 11-12c, a good few degrees above the average for the time of year.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Rain becomes generally widespread as a front edges SE'wards. Heavy bursts at times.

WEATHER OUTLOOK. Credit: ITV Granada

MONDAY

Front pushes E/SE so all areas see rain developing through the morning. This eases as it pushes eastwards. Rain could be locally heavy.

Brightening from the west later. Breezy but not as windy as Saturday night and Sunday.

MONDAY NIGHT

Rain pushes in from the SW, wet and windy with gales so the rain will be fast moving.

TUESDAY

Sun and showers, very blustery. Strong to gale force winds through the Irish Sea.

WEDNESDAY

Sun and showers. The wind starts to ease later. Brighter weather between the showers.