Issued at: 23 January 2021 08:19
TODAY - Saturday 23rd January
Very cold this morning with frost and ice. Wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow continuing in the north and northwest this morning. Showers isolated elsewhere with many areas staying dry for most of the day with good spells of sunshine. However rain, sleet and snow will move into the southwest and west later this afternoon, extending eastwards. Westerly breezes will be light, backing south in the evening. Highest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees.
Tonight sleet and snow will cross the country eastwards leading to some accumulations. Another very cold night with frost and ice forming in the clearance. Lowest temperatures of -4 to 0 degrees, coldest over Ulster where it will be clearest. Light southeast or variable winds.
TOMORROW - Sunday 24th January
Sleet and snow will continue to fall in parts of Leinster and Ulster, heavy at times with further accumulations. It will slowly brighten up elsewhere with scattered showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow following from the west. A very cold day with temperatures slowly rising to 1 to 4 degrees in the afternoon. Moderate westerly winds, fresh at times on coasts.
Overview: Cold, wintry spell coming to an end on Tuesday with a change to much milder and wetter conditions.
Sunday night: Cold with a widespread frost and icy patches forming early in the night. Wintry showers of sleet or snow with clear spells, showers mainly in the west and north with a lot of dry weather in the east and south. Lowest temperatures of 0 to -3 degrees. Some fog will form in light to moderate westerly winds, although winds will be fresh and gusty on northwest coasts.
Monday: There'll be showery outbreaks of rain or sleet during the day mixed with dry and bright intervals. Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees with a moderate westerly breeze. Becoming overcast during the night, with a persistent spell of rain moving into the west towards morning as southerly winds freshen. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +3 degrees with frost in places.
Tuesday: Wet and breezy with rain spreading eastwards in the morning, turning to sleet or snow at times. Cold to begin, however much milder air of 7 to 10 degrees will spread northwards from the southwest in the afternoon, reaching Ulster later in the evening. Fresh to strong and gusty southeast winds will ease in the afternoon. Becoming dry for a time early in the night before another spell of rain arrives towards dawn. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees, coldest in Ulster early in the night.
Wednesday: Wednesday will be dull with widespread outbreaks of rain. It will be mild with highest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees, with similar temperatures overnight. Rain will continue through the night, becoming heavy in places bringing a risk of spot flooding, and southerly breezes will increase fresh to strong.
Further Outlook: Continuing mild and unsettled for Thursday and Friday with further spells of rain. Rain potentially heavy with strong winds at times also.
Temperature circle (°C): maximum and minimum temperature forecast for each day. Wind symbol (km/h): arrow points in the direction the wind is blowing. The weather and wind icons: for the time of maximum temperature and minimum temperature.