Issued at: 04 December 2020 16:00
TODAY - Friday 4th December
A cold, cloudy and very windy evening with outbreaks of rain. The rain will be persistent at times and some wintry falls will occur over high ground. Northwest winds will be fresh to strong and gusty.
Staying very windy overnight, with further showery outbreaks of rain. The rain will clear to scattered showers later in the night. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 6 degrees, but feeling colder, with fresh to strong and gusty north to northwest winds easing slightly towards dawn.
TOMORROW - Saturday 5th December
Tomorrow, Saturday will be mostly cloudy to start with showers or longer spells of rain during the morning and early afternoon. The showers will become more isolated later in the day and some bright or sunny spells will develop. Highest temperatures of 5 to 7 degrees, with moderate to fresh and gusty north to northeast winds gradually decreasing light to moderate by evening.
Outlook: Very cold up to midweek, with frost at night and some good spells of sunshine by day and just isolated showers for the most part, however the south and west will likely get a spell of more prolonged rain on Sunday night.
Saturday night: Mainly dry, with clear spells, but some further scattered showers will continue, mainly on western and southeastern coasts. Widespread frost, with a risk of icy stretches. Fog patches also, with the risk of some dense pockets, as winds slacken further. Minimum temperatures -2 to +1 degrees.
Sunday: Mainly dry, with Sunny spells. Very cold and frosty to start, with fog, gradually clearing. However, frost and fog may linger in some areas for much of the day. Maximum temperatures 3 to 6 degrees, light variable winds or calm conditions. Later Sunday, outbreaks of rain will develop in the southwest, extending across most of Munster and western Connacht on Sunday night, with freshening easterly winds. Mainly dry elsewhere, with just a few coastal showers. Very cold, with frost and a risk of icy patches. Minimum temperatures -3 to +1 degrees however holding a few degrees warmer in the southwest.
Monday: Rain in the south at first will clear southwards, giving way to a dry day in many areas, with bright or sunny spells developing, but scattered showers also, mainly in northern and eastern coastal areas, some possibly wintry. Cold, with maximum temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees, in light variable breezes. Very cold and frosty overnight, with lows of -2 to +1 degrees, mainly dry with just the risk of isolated wintery showers along Ulster and Connacht coasts.
Tuesday: A cold, bright day, with good sunshine. Dry in many areas, but some scattered showers will occur, mainly along northern coasts. Max. 5 to 8 degrees, in mostly light to moderate west to northwest breezes.
Mainly dry overnight, but very cold with a widespread frost, and a risk of freezing fog. Min. -3 to 0 degrees.
Wednesday: A very cold start, with frost and fog slow to clear, giving way to a bright and mostly dry day in the east. However, in will warm up quicker in the south and west as cloud increases during the morning, this will preceded a band of rain crossing the country in the evening and overnight hours. Highs of 5 to 8 degrees but much cooler for most of the day in the east and north.
Further outlook: while it looks to get milder, current indications are for more active period of wet and windy weather at times later in the week and over the weekend.
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.