Martin Hickey sent us in this photo of a snowy sunrise on Loughanleagh, Kingscourt, last Saturday, March 27.

Cloudy start but brighter spells set to develop this afternoon

Weather Update

Cloudy and dry this morning apart from patchy drizzle.

The latest weather bulletin from Met Éireann says brighter spells will develop across much of the province through the afternoon with some cloud lingering in the northwest. Towards evening, cloud with thicken in the northwest ahead of a band of rain. Highest temperatures of 12 to 16 degrees in light to moderate southwesterly breezes.

The national weather forecaster indicates a band of rain will slowly move in from the northwest tonight, continuing through the night. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees generally. Light southwesterly or variable breezes, becoming more northerly by morning, will allow mist patches to form.

A largely cloudy day is forecast for tomorrow (Wednesday), with outbreaks of rain gradually breaking up through the morning with just patchy light rain and drizzle in the afternoon. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees. Light northerly breezes will strength later in the day, becoming fresh to strong along coasts.

The overview for the coming days is for a good deal of dry and settled weather for much of the week. Turning cooler during the Easter weekend with more unsettled conditions developing.

Wednesday night is promised cloudy to begin but becoming dry for much of the country overnight with just occasional patchy rain and drizzle affecting northern and southern coastal counties. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees with clear spells developing. Some mist patches will develop in light to moderate northeasterly breezes.

Thursday should be largely dry with good sunshine, however, some cloud will push in from the Irish Sea with perhaps some drizzle feeding into eastern and northeastern coastal areas. Highest temperatures of 14 to 18 degrees, a little cooler in the east and northeast, in light to moderate east to northeast breezes.

A dry and cold night with good clear spells is forecast for Thursday night. Mist patches will develop in light to moderate northeasterly breezes. Lowest temperatures ranging from 0 degrees in the north with frost developing, to 6 or 7 degrees in the south.

The outlook for Good Friday is for a dry day with good sunshine. Highest temperatures of 9 to 13 degrees in light northeasterly breezes.

Friday night is expected to continue largely dry but a cooler night than recent with lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 degrees. Mist and fog will develop in light breezes and mostly clear skies.

Looking ahead to the weekend and Saturday should be a largely dry day but cloud will build from the north during the morning and afternoon but staying rather sunny in the south for much of the day. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees in light variable breezes becoming mainly westerly later.

Saturday night will be largely dry to start but rain will push down from the north towards dawn as mainly light to moderate westerly winds strengthen along northern coasts. Lowest temperatures of 1 to 5 degrees.

Easter Sunday and Monday: Rain followed by widespread showers will push down from the north for Sunday and Monday, turning wintry at times. Becoming breezy and turning cooler as a strengthening northerly airflow set in with widespread frosts at night.

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