National Forecast 24 Mar 2018 - 05:00

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Today 24 Mar 2018 - 14:16

Mostly dry this afternoon with sunny spells, just the slight risk of an isolated shower. Highs of 9 to 12 degrees with light northwest or variable breezes.


It will continue mostly dry this evening and tonight apart from an isolated shower. Lows of -2 to +2 degrees and with a slight frost. A few isolated mist and fog patches may form under light variable or southwest breezes.


Most areas dry with sunny spells, however a few isolated showers will occur in the afternoon. Highs of 9 to 11 degrees with light west to northwest breezes.


Overview: Generally unsettled with rain on most days. Temperatures close to the March average.

Sunday night: Rain will develop in western counties on Sunday night and will extend eastwards, reaching the east coast around dawn on Monday. The rain will be accompanied by a freshening southerly wind. Minimum temperatures of 0 to +3 degrees with a slight frost possible in the north and east ahead of the rain-band.

Monday: It looks set to be a mostly cloudy and wet day with spells of rain extending eastwards across the country. The rain will be heavy at times, especially across northern and western counties. Mist and drizzle will affect coasts and hills also. Temperatures will range from a chilly 5 or 6 degrees across Ulster to 10 or 11 degrees in Munster. Fresh to strong southerly winds will veer westerly and remain fresh.
Rain easing and gradually clearing away eastwards on Monday night but staying rather cloudy and damp which will keep the night largely frost-free.

Tuesday: A fragmenting frontal zone will lie across Ireland on Tuesday bringing a good deal of cloud and occasional outbreaks of rain. Temperatures ranging from 7 to 10 degrees, coolest across Ulster. Winds will be mostly light or moderate, variable in direction.
Further outbreaks of rain at times on Tuesday night and turning fairly chilly but temperatures are expected to hold above freezing.

Wednesday: A cool, showery day is expected on Wednesday. There will be some sunshine but the showers will be fairly widespread, some heavy and slow-moving with the risk of sleet over the hills. Top temperatures will range from 5 to 8 degrees.

Further outlook: It looks set to remain generally unsettled on Thursday and Friday with the chance of rain or showers on both days. There is the risk of the showers turning wintry at times, especially over northern hills.