| Réamhaisnéis Náisiúnta
23 February 2017 05:06
Extremely windy, stormy in places around dawn and for a time early this morning, with gale force northwest winds and some severe and damaging squalls, but winds will gradually moderate through the day. A cold day, widespread showers this morning, some prolonged and heavy and some wintry in parts of Ulster and north Leinster with some snow on higher ground. Showers will become more scattered this afternoon with better sunny spells. Top afternoon temperatures only 5 to 8 degrees Celsius, and feeling even colder due to wind chill.Tonight
Tonight: Winds continuing to ease and it will be cold and mostly dry in midland and eastern areas with sharp frost, as temperatures fall to around zero or -1 degree Celsius, but holding around 3 or 4 degrees in western areas. Some showers continuing in the west and northwest and cloud will generally thicken there later in the night.
Friday: A cold mostly dry morning in many midland and eastern areas, but cloudy in the west and northwest with outbreaks of rain developing during the morning, and spreading eastwards in the afternoon. Highs of 6 to 8 degrees Celsius and south to southwest winds will strengthen later.
Headline: Very changeable and unsettled weather continuing over the weekend and throughout next week also. Turning cooler also.
Friday night will be mild, misty and mostly cloudy, with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle, turning heavy in western areas by morning. becoming windy with strong southerly winds and overnight lows of 6 to 8 degrees Celsius.
Saturday: Wet and windy on Saturday morning and early afternoon with strong and gusty southerly winds and rain in all areas, heavy at times. Brighter, less windy conditions, with sunny spells and just a few scattered showers, will follow eastwards during the afternoon and early evening. Top temperatures 10 to 12 Celsius.
Saturday night will be cold, for a time, with minima of 2 to 5 Celsius and a patchy frost in places, but freshening southerly winds and increasing cloud from the Atlantic, should bring a rise in temperatures later in the night.
Sunday: Windy and mostly cloudy, with just a few bright spells in eastern areas at first. Dry in many areas to start too, but rain, in western areas in the morning will spread to eastern areas later in the afternoon and early evening and winds will increase strong and gusty southerly. Top temperatures 10 to 13 degrees Celsius. But colder, drier, less windy weather will follow overnight, with just well scattered showers, a few wintry. Lowest temperatures zero or -1 C., with frost and some icy patches developing before dawn.
Further Outlook: Early indications suggest that the early days of next week will be cold and changeable, with rain or showers at times. Cold and frosty at night too, with some icy patches in places.