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National Forecast

24 October 2017 10:40


Dry in many areas at first this afternoon with a few bright spells. However rain in southern areas will extend countrywide through the course of the late afternoon and evening. Some locally heavy falls with mist and fog persisting along southern areas. Top temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees. Winds light to moderate south to southwest in direction but fresh to strong and gusty near some coasts


Further rain for a time tonight, locally heavy and persistent. The rain will gradually clear into the Irish Sea overnight with drier and clearer weather following in from the west. However an isolated shower may occur along western and northwestern coasts. Winds mostly light to moderate southwest in direction, but fresh to strong along Atlantic coasts. Lows of 7 to 9 degrees.


A dry and bright day on Wednesday with sunny spells in most places. However a little patchy rain or drizzle may edge into southwestern and northwestern areas towards evening time. Top temperatures of 12 to 14 degrees in light to moderate southwest breezes.


Much calmer weather this week, with a frontal zone becoming slow moving in the vicinity of the south coast bringing murky, damp conditions at times, especially over southern parts. High pressure is expected to build towards the end of the week though, with generally settled weather signalled.

Wednesday night:
Mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle in parts of Munster and Leinster on Wednesday night with minimum temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees. Largely dry under partly cloudy skies in Connacht and Ulster, with just the risk of an odd light shower with minimum temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees. Light winds. Mist and fog patches probable in the slack winds.

Mostly cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle affecting southern and central parts of the country. Brightening up during the afternoon further north. Maximum temperatures of 12 or 13 degrees in the north and northwest, with 14 to 16 degrees more typical further south. Light variable breezes.
Largely dry on Thursday night with clear spells developing fairly widely, but still cloudy in the vicinity of the south coast with patchy rain and drizzle persisting there. Minimum temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees, but ranging 8 to 12 degrees over parts of south Munster and south Leinster, depending on cloud cover.

Current indications suggest Friday will be a dry day with sunny spells developing in most places as ridge conditions become established over the country. Highs of 12 to 15 degrees in light northwest or variable breezes. Clear skies on Friday night will see temperatures dropping into single figures countrywide with lows of 2 to 6 degrees.

Bank Holiday Weekend:
At present, the outlook is for generally settled weather conditions to prevail with high pressure close-by. The main precipitation risk is on Saturday with a fairly brisk westerly flow indicated, which will likely produce some showers. However, any rainfall amounts should be small. Cloud amounts will vary, but bright or sunny spells are inferred. Maximum temperatures near average at 12 to 15 degrees over the 3 days.

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