18 February 2018 05:20
Dry and bright in eastern and northern areas at first this morning, but cloudy and misty conditions elsewhere, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, will soon spread northeastwards to affect all parts. Hill and coastal fog will occur also. Drier conditions will develop in the southwest later this afternoon, though it will remain misty with occasional drizzle. Top temperatures of 8 to 12 degrees Celsius in light to moderate south to southwest breezes.Tonight
Drier conditions extending eastwards tonight and overnight, though it will remain rather cloudy with extensive mist and fog in the slack southwest breezes. Minimum temperatures of 5 to 9 degrees with no frost.
Many places dry to begin tomorrow Monday with mist and fog slowly lifting during the morning. Cloud will break at times to allow a few bright or short sunny intervals. Patchy rain will spread eastwards over the country during the afternoon and evening. Mild with top temperatures reaching 10 to 13 degrees. Light southwest breezes will veer light to moderate northwest towards evening.
High pressure builds towards mid-week bringing a mainly dry and settled period of weather, but after a mild Monday, temperatures will return to near average for the time of year over the rest of the week.
Monday night: Remaining rain will clear eastwards into the Irish Sea on Monday night and it will become dry nationwide, apart from isolated showers near the north coast. Minimum temperatures will fall to between 1 to 4 degrees under clear skies with frosts forming. Light to moderate northwest breezes.
Tuesday: A brighter, fresher day for many on Tuesday with sunny spells. Dry, apart from isolated coastal showers in the northwest. Top temperatures returning to more average values for the time of year at 8 to 10 degrees. Light to moderate northwest to north breezes.
Tuesday night: Fine, clear and cold on Tuesday night with minimum temperatures of minus 3 to plus 1 degree leading to a widespread frost with icy patches on untreated surfaces. Winds will be light northeasterly in direction.
Wednesday: Mainly fine or fair on Wednesday with a mix of cloud and crisp sunny spells after a frosty start. Maximum temperatures will range 6 to 9 degrees in light southeast to south breezes.
Wednesday night: Variable cloud amounts and clear spells. Lows of minus 1 to plus 3 degrees Celsius in light southeast to south breezes with frost and a risk of icy patches.
Thursday: Current indications suggest a cloudier day overall, with scattered light rain or showers affecting eastern, southern and later western coasts. Top temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees Celsius in light to moderate southerly breezes.
Thursday night: Cloudy periods, interspersed with clear intervals. Isolated coastal showers. Lows of 2 to 4 degrees in light to moderate southeast breezes, freshening near the coasts.
Friday: Some uncertainty with regard to the end of the week at this stage, but current indications suggest a continuation of the mainly dry conditions for most with just patchy light rain and drizzle. Moderate southeasterly breezes generally, possibly strong and gusty in the northwest. Daytime highs around 6 to 8 degrees.