Turning colder and windier later this week - 23rd November 2021

On Friday a complex area of low pressure will move down over the northern tip of Scotland which will open the door to strong winds and cool polar air set to sink down over Ireland, with the strongest winds especially affecting areas in the far north.

Met Eireann meteorologist, Mark Bowe, said “It’s going to get noticeably colder from Friday as the low pressure system over Scotland will allow very cold northerly winds to blanket Ireland on Friday and into Saturday.  There is a risk of wintry showers for areas in the far north with sleet and snow possible over the hills. This will mainly affect the northern half of the country with showers and some sunny spells expected elsewhere”

Met Eireann have forecast a windy day on Friday with frequent showers.  Daytime temperatures will be limited to around 6 to 9C, but the brisk northerly winds will make it feel colder.  Overnight temperatures are expected to fall close to freezing for many areas with frost expected.

Forecast pressure and airmass chart for Saturday 27th November showing cold northerly winds (blue) across Ireland

Mark continued: “It will be windy too with strong winds and gales on exposed coasts and hills likely on Friday before easing then again on Saturday”

The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning for Northern Ireland through Friday and Saturday, as this low pressure system is expected to bring the strongest winds to the northern part of the island.  Met Éireann forecasters are keeping a close eye on the development of this system for later in the week.

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