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National Forecast

Issued at: 11 December 2018 09:29

TODAY - Tuesday 11th December

Dry and mostly cloudy at first today with just a few spots of drizzle about. However a spell of rain will move into Munster later this morning, turning heavy and persistent here through the course of the afternoon, becoming heavy and persistent over much of Connacht too. The rain will slowly extend eastwards to other areas through the course of the evening. Highest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees Celsius. Southeast winds mostly moderate to fresh in strength .

TONIGHT - Tuesday 11th December

Cloudy and misty with outbreaks of rain in many areas at first tonight. However a clearance in Munster and Connacht early in the night will slowly extend to many areas overnight, although much of Ulster and some apart of east Leinster will see some further patches of light rain or drizzle. Patches of fog will develop where skies clear possibly becoming dense in places by dawn. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 6 degrees Celsius, in light variable breezes.

TOMORROW - Wednesday 12th December

Some lingering light rain and drizzle will affect east and northeast fringes tomorrow, but elsewhere a good deal of dry weather with some bright or sunny intervals. Mist and fog patches will be slow to clear some inland areas at first tomorrow. Southeast breezes will freshen as rain arrives into the southwest of Munster in the late afternoon or early evening. Feeling cool, with highs of 7 to 9 degrees Celsius.

National Outlook

OUTLOOK: Generally unsettled with spells of wet and windy weather, in particular affecting the west and southwest.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Breezy with outbreaks of rain, turning heavy and persistent across Connacht and Munster, with the risk of spot flooding here. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees Celsius, in a fresh and gusty southeast wind.

THURSDAY: A wet and breezy start across the midlands, west and south: surface water too, after heavy overnight rain. Drier across much of Ulster and east Leinster though with sunny spells. Whilst the southeast winds and rain will ease off in the west and southeast, it will remain dull, damp and rather drizzly in these areas for much of the day thereafter. Cool, with highs of 7 to 9 degrees Celsius. Broken cloud and largely dry weather will follow overnight, but with frost and fog, and turning cold with overnight lows of 0 to 5 degrees Celsius.

FRIDAY: A cold and bright start with frost clearing. Dry for daylight hours across many areas, however cloud will tend to build and the winds will slowly freshen. Later in the afternoon rain will move into the west and southwest, and will move up into other areas later in the evening. The rain may even turn wintry locally. Feeling raw, with highs of only 4 to 8 degrees Celsius, in a freshening southeast wind, windy along southern coasts. Further wet and windy spells overnight, with locally high accumulations possible.

THIS WEEKEND: Current indication suggest it will remain unsettled. Rather wet and windy for the early part of Saturday. However it should become drier, calmer and somewhat brighter after that. Largely dry on Sunday with some sunshine, but it will be very cold (frosty to begin), with the risk of rain moving into the very east of Leinster.

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