Issued at: 07 March 2021 12:25
TODAY - Sunday 7th March
Dry in most places this afternoon with the best of the sunshine across the east and southeast. Cloudy further west and north, with some patchy light rain and drizzle in coastal parts of Ulster. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees in mostly light southwesterly or variable breezes, a little fresher by western and northwestern coastal parts.
Continuing mainly dry tonight with a mix of cloud and clear spells. Cloudiest in the north and northwest with a little drizzle in parts of Ulster. Winds will be mostly light southwesterly or variable, fresher in northwestern coastal parts. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +4 degrees, coldest in the east and south with some frost.
TOMORROW - Monday 8th March
Dry to begin tomorrow in most places with some bright or sunny spells. Outbreaks of rain and drizzle will gradually spread from the west over the course of the day, totals will be small and much of the eastern half of the country will hold dry. Highest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees in light to moderate southerly winds, fresher on western and northwestern coasts.
Headline: It will gradually turn more unsettled, with some very disturbed weather through midweek.
Monday night: Monday night will be mostly cloudy with a little light rain, drizzle and mist extending eastwards, but clearing from most places later in the night. A few clear spells will develop in parts of the west for a time. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees in mostly light to moderate south or southwest winds.
Tuesday will be a mostly cloudy day but dry for a time apart from a little patchy light drizzle in southern and southeastern coastal areas. However; rain will push into western parts later in the afternoon and will spread eastwards through the evening. The rain will be heavy at times in the evening, especially in parts of the west and northwest. Becoming windy too through the day with southerly winds increasing fresh to strong and gusty with gales in some western and northwestern coastal areas. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees.
Wet and rather windy at first on Tuesday night, with rain heavy for a time, but the rain will mostly clear southeastwards overnight, with a few showers following into northwestern parts. The winds will veer westerly with the clearance and gradually moderate, still fresh to strong though in coastal parts of the northwest. A few clear spells will develop overnight, mainly in parts of the west and north. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees.
Mostly cloudy but mainly dry to begin on Wednesday, but outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest through the morning and afternoon. Becoming rather windy through the day too, with south to southeast winds increasing fresh to strong and gusty, increasing strong to gale force and gusty southwesterly later in some parts of the west and south. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.
Becoming extremely windy in some parts on Wednesday night with strong to gale force winds; southwest to begin then veering west to northwest, with some severe and damaging gusts. There'll be further spells of rain overnight too, followed by heavy squally showers, some of hail and thunder. Turning colder with lowest temperatures of 1 to 4 degrees.
Still windy on Thursday with widespread heavy squally showers, some of hail and thunder and with the possibility of some turning wintry over higher ground. Westerly winds will be fresh or strong and very gusty, with gales in coastal parts of the west and south. Feeling cold with highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.
Continuing windy and very showery on Thursday night, with some hail and the possibility of thunder. The winds will gradually start to moderate later in the night, with showers becoming more confined to parts of the west and north. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 4 degrees, with perhaps some frost and ice in any sheltered parts later on in the night.
Friday will bring some sunshine and further showers; these most widespread in western areas, some heavy, though the showers will tend to become isolated later. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees in a moderate to fresh and gusty southwest wind, still strong for a time in coastal parts of the west and north, but easing later and backing southeasterly.
Continuing very unsettled for the weekend, with further spells of wet and windy weather at times.
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.