Sunny intervals but showers on the way
Many areas dry to begin today, Tuesday, especially over the southern half of the country, with a mix of cloud and bright or sunny intervals. Showers will become more widespread this morning, and a few will turn heavy and possibly thundery with hail this afternoon, according to the latest weather bulletin from Met Éireann. Feeling cooler than recent days, with highs of 11 to 14 degrees in light to moderate northerly winds, increasing fresh at times in the west and northwest.
Showers will continue to affect parts of Leinster and Munster tonight, but they will become more isolated towards dawn. Mainly dry conditions will prevail elsewhere, with clear spells. Lowest temperatures of 1 to 5 degrees, coldest in Ulster with a touch of frost, in light to moderate northerly breezes, fresh at times near coasts.
Wednesday will be a cool, but largely dry day with a mix of cloud and sunny spells. Isolated showers will still occur though, these mainly affecting eastern coastal counties. Highest temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees. Moderate to fresh northeasterly winds will ease down in the evening.
A cool northerly airflow will prevail through the rest of this week bringing sunshine and showers. Increased risk of frost later this week, especially Thursday and Friday night.
Apart from a few light showers affecting north and east facing coasts, Wednesday night will be a mostly dry night with variable cloud and clear spells. Minimum temperatures of 0 to 4 degrees in light northerly breezes, with a touch of frost.
Thursday will be a cool and showery day. Some of the showers will be heavy with hail and a risk of slow-moving thundery downpours through the afternoon. The best of the sunny spells will be in western areas. Highest temperatures of just 9 to 11 degrees with light northerly or variable breezes, falling calm at times. Showers will tend to ease off during the late evening to leave a mostly dry night on Thursday night with the just the chance of stray light shower. Long clear spells will develop and a patchy late season frost will form as minimum temperatures fall to between -1 and + 4 degrees in the near calm conditions.
Cool and bright to begin on Friday with sunny spells, but cloud will bubble up and showers will break out through the middle of the day. Again, some of the showers will be heavy with hail and a risk of slow-moving thundery downpours. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees with light northeast or variable breezes. Friday night will be another cold and largely dry night under clearing skies with a patchy late season frost. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +4 degrees.
Saturday will be another cool and bright start with sunny spells, with cloud developing through the morning to produce scattered showers for the afternoon. Again some of the showers will be heavy and possibly thundery. Highest temperatures of 9 to 13 degrees with light breezes.
Current indications suggest a drier, less showery and slightly milder interlude on Sunday, but potentially turning more unsettled again into Bank Holiday Monday with rain spreading from the Atlantic.