19 December 2014 16:43
Clear spells and scattered showers this evening and tonight. The showers will be mainly in west Munster, Connacht and Ulster with some of hail. They'll be more isolated further east. Fresh to strong west to northwest winds will gradually ease overnight. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees with perhaps a touch of grass frost in sheltered areas.
Dry in many areas on Saturday morning with bright or sunny spells. However, there'll still be some showers in the west and north. Cloud will increase from the west during through the afternoon and evening. Highest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees with moderate westerly breezes, backing southwesterly.
Dry at first on Saturday night and rather cold for a while in parts of the east and south. But cloud and rain will move into western areas overnight rising temperatures across the country.
Mild and breezy on Sunday as outbreaks of rain affect many parts of the country. There will be some bright spells, but overall cloudy. Mild for the time of the year with highs of 10 to 12 degrees. The rain will continue overnight on Sunday, with temperatures only falling a degree or two on day-time values. Southwesterly winds will remain fresh to strong.
On Monday, rain will affect much of the country, but parts of the southeast will be drier. The rain will be heavy in parts of the west and north and it will remain windy. Another mild day with highs of 10 or 11 degrees and it will be another mild night too.
The rain will continue in southern areas on Tuesday but cooler and drier in more northern areas. Patchy frost in northern areas Tuesday night.
Christmas Eve (Wednesday): latest indications suggest further rain in southern areas for a time on Wednesday, but drier and colder further north and these colder, drier conditions will extend to southern areas later in the day. Showers will affect mainly coastal areas of the west and the north.
Cold on Christmas night with frost in many areas and overnight lows of +1 to -2 degrees C..
Christmas Day (Thursday) will be a cold, bright day with occasional showers in western and northern areas, some possibly wintry on higher ground. Highs of 5 to 8 degrees. Frosty overnight.