Dunree, Co Donegal. Photo: Niamh Farrell

Cool weekend with sunshine and showers

Weather update from Met Éireann

Turning cooler this weekend with sunshine and showers. Rather breezy too. That's the latest weather outlook from Met Éireann.

Mostly cloudy and misty to begin today, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, mainly in the west and northwest. Some bright or sunny intervals will develop by this afternoon mainly across the midlands and east. The rain and drizzle will edge slowly eastwards this evening, with a clearance developing in the west and northwest. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees, warmest in the east, with moderate to fresh south to southwest winds.

Patchy rain and drizzle, along with mist and hill and coastal fog, will clear southeastwards tonight, with clearer skies following. A few showers will move into western coastal counties from the Atlantic towards dawn. Lows of 6 to 10 degrees. Light to moderate southerly winds will increase moderate to fresh southwest by dawn, locally strong near western and northwestern coasts.

Bright and breezy tomorrow, Saturday, with a mix of sunshine and scattered blustery showers, after a mostly cloudy start. Some of the showers could be heavy in the north and west early on but they'll become isolated by late afternoon with long spells of sunshine developing. Afternoon highs will range 8 to 15 degrees, coldest in the northwest. Moderate to fresh southwest winds will veer occasionally strong and gusty westerly by the afternoon.

Showers becoming isolated and confined to western and northwestern parts overnight on Saturday, with long clear spells developing elsewhere. Chillier than of late with lowest temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees in mostly light to moderate southwest breezes, the winds freshening a little along the west coast by dawn.

After a mostly dry and bright start for many on Sunday, cloud and outbreaks of rain will sweep eastwards over the country, followed by widespread blustery showers. Some of the showers will be heavy with a chance of hail and thunder, especially in the west and north. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees in moderate to fresh and gusty southwest winds, strong along Atlantic coasts.

Showers will continue through Sunday night, merging to longer spells of rain at times, especially in the west and northwest. Some heavy falls can be expected with hail and thunder possible. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees in moderate to fresh and gusty southwest to west winds, increasing strong to near gale on coasts.

Monday is expected to be cool and windy with a mix of sunshine and blustery showers, some heavy with hail in the north and northwest. Fresh to strong and gusty northwest winds with gales along western and northern coasts. Top temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees and feeling colder than that in the brisk northwest winds.

Showers becoming confined to the west and north Monday night with clear spells developing elsewhere. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees with northwest winds gradually moderating.

Sunny spells and showers are forecast for Tuesday. They will be most frequent in the west and north. Highest temperatures 9 to 13 degrees in a moderate to fresh northwest wind.

Further Outlook: Winds will continue to ease through midweek but a northerly airflow will persist so temperatures will only slowly recover. Showers will likely become increasingly isolated towards the end of the week as high pressure looks set to build from the Atlantic.