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National Forecast

Issued at: 15 December 2018 05:00

TODAY - Saturday 15th December

Some dry spells at first, but rain will become widespread this morning with some heavy, possibly thundery falls at times in parts of the south and west especially and local spot flooding. Windy in places this morning but stormy conditions with some disruptive and damaging gusts will develop for a few hours later this afternoon in parts of Munster and Connacht and these severe winds will transfer to northern and eastern counties during the evening and early tonight. Afternoon temperatures of 7 to 12 degrees Celsius

TONIGHT - Saturday 15th December

The rain will clear to showers early tonight and winds will abate. Turning cold overnight as temperatures fall to between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius with frost developing in places.

TOMORROW - Sunday 16th December

Cold on Sunday. Widespread rain or hail showers during the morning, some prolonged in places. Showers will be mostly in western and southwestern counties in the afternoon with some better sunny spells in midland and eastern areas. Maximum temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees Celsius in moderate or fresh southwest winds.

National Outlook

Very unsettled and disturbed weather is expected through the week ahead, with well above normal rainfall and some strong winds at times also. Mild on Monday and Tuesday but cooler through midweek.

Sunday night: Some frost for a time on Sunday night in midland and eastern areas. Strengthening winds will being some rain and drizzle to western and northwestern areas before dawn.

Monday: Windy on Monday with very strong southerly winds and rain in western and northern areas, drier further east and not as windy. Heavy rain in all areas overnight with strong winds for a time also, but winds easing towards morning.

Tuesday: Heavy rain in many places on Tuesday morning, clearing to scattered showers in western counties, but rain continuing into the afternoon further east, but clearing by evening. Highs of 10 to 12 degrees Celsius in moderate southwest winds.

Very unsettled over the following days, with rain or heavy showers at times, cooler during mid-week with some night frosts but possibly milder again by Friday with a heavy spell of rain.

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