A wet and windy end to 2021 and windy on New Years Day

The weather will continue to be quite active to the end of the year, with strong winds at times, including a windy New Year’s countdown for some.

Persistent rainfall affecting many places today, Thursday, will continue into tonight. There will be some heavy falls which bring a risk of localised flooding. A Yellow Level Rainfall Warning is in effect until 5am Friday morning for Cork and Kerry, and another Yellow Level Rainfall Warning is in place for Galway and Mayo between 5pm this evening (Thursday) to 1am tonight.

It will also become windy this evening in the south, where southwest winds will increase fresh to strong, and these stronger winds will extend to all areas overnight. Winds will reach near gale force in Atlantic coastal areas, with gale warnings coming into effect for some sea areas overnight.

The strong winds will persist into the morning of New Year’s Eve, Friday, with strong and gusty southwest winds in many areas throughout the morning, reaching near gale force at times. After a mostly cloudy morning with some light rain lingering in parts, the afternoon will be largely dry with bright spells. It will be very mild, with afternoon temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees.

Winds will die down to just a manly moderate breeze for the afternoon on Friday, however this calmer period will be quite short lived as winds will be strengthening again later in the evening for the night of New Year’s Eve. Southerly winds will increase fresh to strong early in the night, with strongest winds on Atlantic coasts. It will be wet in places too with outbreaks of rain moving eastwards overnight. Remaining mild overnight with lowest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees.

The weather for the first day of 2022, Saturday, will be quite blustery with showers, some of these heavy. There will be bright and sunny periods too however. It will be breezy with fresh southwest winds, windiest near western coasts with winds remaining strong there.  It will continue milder than average, with highest temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees.

Image from Thursday’s 12Z run of Harmonie showing rain (top left) cloud cover (top right), wind field (bottom left) and temperatures (bottom right) for the country at midnight on New Year’s Eve:


Updated by Meteorologist Emer Flood at 3pm on 30th December 2021.

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