Wet and windy day ahead
Thursday will be an unseasonably wet and windy day with yellow wind and rainfall warnings in effect for some counties.
Falls of rain will occur nationwide, heavy at times with the risk of localised flooding, especially across Munster and west Connacht. Cyclonic variable mainly southerly winds will be mostly fresh to strong and gusty, with gales and possibly damaging gusts along southern and southwestern coasts. Cool for the time of year with highest temperatures of just 11 to 14 degrees Celsius.
Remaining wet and windy for a time tonight with heavy showers or longer spells of rain. West to northwest winds will be fresh to strong and gusty, decreasing moderate to fresh and gusty overnight. Later in the night, some clearer spells with develop in the north and west. However, winds will be strongest along coasts here later too. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees Celsius.
Friday will be a cool blustery with sunny spells and scattered showers, some heavy with the risk of isolated thunderstorms. Highest temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius (north to south), in mostly fresh north to northwest winds, stronger along Atlantic coasts.
Scattered blustery showers will become fewer with long clear spells on Friday night. Cool with lows of 1 to 5 degrees Celsius with moderating northwest breezes.
Saturday will bring sunny spells and scattered showers, mainly affecting the western half of the country. Another relatively cool day with highs of just 10 to 13 degrees Celsius, in mostly moderate westerly breezes.
A band of rain will sweep in across the country during Sunday morning, clearing into the Irish Sea into the afternoon. Whilst it will brighten up, it will be scattered heavy showers will follow bringing the risk of spot flooding, lightning and hail. Staying cool with highs of only 10 to 12 degrees Celsius. Breezy at first in fresh southerly winds, veering westerly and moderating.
Monday will bring outbreaks of rain and blustery northwest winds. Brightening up across the western half of the country into the afternoon, but with some lingering falls in the east into the early evening. Highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees Celsius.
Sunny spells and scattered showers are forecast for Tuesday, heaviest across Ulster and Connacht with the slight risk of thundery falls here. Highest temperatures of 11 to 15 degrees Celsius in moderate, occasionally fresh northwest breezes.
Overall, cool and unsettled into early next week, but with tentative signs of settled weather from midweek.