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An unsettled weekend in store - Thursday 10th March 2022

After a changeable week, our weather will remain mixed as we head into the weekend with the potential for heavy rain in some places but also some drier and brighter weather too.

Met Éireann Meteorologist Emer Flood said: “An active jet stream will continue to steer Atlantic low-pressure systems in our direction over the coming days, these will bring spells of heavy rain and strong winds at times.

“Heavy rain will move into the southwest on Thursday night, becoming widespread Friday morning which may lead to localised surface flooding. There is also potential for further heavy rain and strong winds over the weekend with the possibility of warnings being issued. We’re advising everyone to keep a close eye on the forecast for the coming days.”

A yellow rain warning is in place for many southern and western counties from 15:00 on Saturday afternoon until around midnight, where heavy rain along with strong winds will bring a risk of flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

On Friday, rain will be quite widespread and heavy in places, slowly clearing northeastwards in the afternoon. This will be followed by heavy showers with the potential for thunderstorms and hail, which could lead to some localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

Some heavy or prolonged showers will continue overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Otherwise, Saturday will start off dry and bright in many areas. However later in the day a low-pressure system will approach from the southwest, with cloud building and winds strengthening as rain arrives across the southern half of the country by evening. Rain may turn to sleet or snow in parts, especially over high ground.  Sunday will be wet and windy for many as this same low-pressure system slowly pushes north over Ireland with further falls of sleet or snow possible locally.

Looking ahead to next week there are signs of a quieter and more settled spell on Monday and Tuesday, though this may be short-lived as things once again turn more unsettled around midweek.

For the most accurate and up to date forecast for your area on the Island of Ireland go to met.ie. The latest weather advisories and warnings for Ireland are on the Met Éireann Warnings page. These services and more are available on our free app – available from the App store for iPhone, and Play store for Android.

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