Lough Sheelin. Taken by Grainne O'Reilly, Kilnaleck

Low pressure to keep weather unsettled

Weather Update

Low pressure will be the dominant feature to end this week and over the weekend, keeping our weather unsettled.

The latest weather bulletin from Met Éireann says it will be a bright start to today (Wednesday) with spells of sunshine and well scattered showers. Further scattered showers will develop through the morning, mainly in Ulster, Munster and south Leinster. However, there will be a good deal of dry weather and it will feel mild in the afternoon sunshine, particularly across the midlands. Highest temperatures of 13 to 17 degrees in a light to moderate westerly breeze.

Tonight will start largely dry but it will turn wet and windy overnight as rain spreads from the southwest across the country, turning heavy at times. Light southerly or variable winds will veer southeasterly and increase fresh to strong and gusty as the rain spreads. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees.

The national weather forecaster says tomorrow (Thursday) will be a wet and windy day with widespread outbreaks of rain and fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds, with gales along southern and southwestern coasts. The rain will turn heavy at times through the day. Highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees.

A wet and windy Thursday will give way to showery conditions for Friday and Saturday before further rain crosses the country Saturday night.

Staying wet and blustery on Thursday night with showers or longer spells of rain, heaviest and most persistent over the southern half of the country. Winds will veer northwesterly and decrease moderate to fresh and gusty overnight. A mild night with lowest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees.

A blustery day is forecast for Friday with scattered showers, most frequent over Munster and Leinster where some will be heavy and possibly thundery. Highest temperatures of 11 to 15 degrees, coolest in the northwest and mildest in the southeast, in moderate to fresh and gusty northwesterly winds.

Showers will clear southeastwards early on Friday night and most places will become dry with clear spells, though well scattered light showers will linger over Ulster and Leinster. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees in moderate northwesterly winds.

Saturday is set to be a cool day with a mix of scattered showers and sunny spells. A moderate northwesterly breeze will keep temperatures below normal, with afternoon temperatures of just 9 to 12 degrees.

Becoming wet overnight on Saturday with a band of rain pushing into the west early in the night and spreading eastwards across the country. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees in moderate to fresh southwesterly winds.

Rain will clear eastwards on Sunday morning, followed by widespread blustery showers. Another cool day with highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees in a moderate to fresh and gusty westerly winds.

Current indications suggest that it will remain cool and showery to start next week but drier spells will develop towards midweek as temperatures return closer to normal.

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