Cool day ahead with sunny spells
Today will be cool with sunny spells. Showers of rain or hail in Ulster, Connacht and west Munster early this morning will extend to all areas by early afternoon and will continue for the rest of the day, some heavy with a risk of isolated thunderstorms. Highest temperatures of 8 to 12 degrees with light to moderate north to northwest winds.
Early tonight, showers will die out in most areas and will become confined to coastal areas of Ulster and north Connacht. Clear spells in most areas. But a little rain or drizzle may develop on the south coast overnight. Lowest temperatures of -2 and +2 degrees with frost developing. Some patches of mist or fog may form also.
Thursday will continue cool with sunny spells. Scattered showers of rain or hail in the north and northwest will extend southwards to most areas in the afternoon, some heavy and a few possibly thundery. Highest temperatures of 8 to 12 degrees with light to moderate northerly breezes.
Cool on Thursday and Friday with sunshine and showers and with frost at night. Milder over the weekend with rain on Saturday and showers on Sunday.
Thursday night will be mainly dry with clear spells and a few showers on northern coasts. It will be cold with frost developing. Lowest temperatures of -2 and +2 degrees.
Friday will continue cool. There'll be some showers in Ulster, but many areas will be mainly dry with sunny spells. Cloud will increase in Munster in the evening. Highest temperatures of 9 to 13 degrees with mostly variable breezes. On Friday night, rain will develop in the southwest and will spread northeastwards over Munster, Connacht and south Leinster overnight along with fresh southeasterly winds. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees.
On Saturday morning, rain will continue to spread northeastwards and will be heavy at times. It will clear to the northeast through the afternoon with showers following. Fresh southeast winds will veer southerly as the rain clears. It will become milder with highest temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees, mildest over the southern half of the country. On Saturday night, some heavy showers will spread over Munster and Connacht.
On Sunday, there'll be some bright or sunny spells. However, showers will become widespread and heavy. It will be mild with highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees with fresh southerly winds.
Early next week will continue mild with further showers.