National Forecast

Issued at: 01 March 2024 19:04

TODAY - Friday 1st March

Further rain in the east and southeast this evening, with any lingering sleet and snow in these areas mainly confined to hills and mountains. Elsewhere mainly dry with varying cloud and clear spells. Northerly winds mostly moderate or fresh in strength but winds will be strong along coasts and gusty at times.

TONIGHT

Rain in the east and southeast for a time, with any lingering sleet and snow in these areas mainly confined to hills and mountains. Elsewhere dry with varying cloud and clear spells. However scattered showers will develop in the west and north overnight, some possibly turning to sleet in the northwest by morning. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +2 degrees, with some icy stretches forming. Northerly winds mostly moderate or fresh in strength but winds will be strong at times along coasts and gusty at times also.

TOMORROW - Saturday 2nd March

A cold and icy start tomorrow. Scattered showers will occur through the day along with a few bright or sunny intervals. The showers will mainly be of rain but a few will possibly fall as hail and sleet, with an isolated snow shower possible in the northwest. Afternoon highs of 3 to 7 degrees. Moderate to fresh northerly winds, strong and gusty in west Connacht and west Munster at times.

National Outlook

OVERVIEW: Mixed and unsettled weather for the start of Meteorological Spring.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Showers will become more isolated on Saturday night and long clear spells will develop. Winds will back northwest and fall light to moderate with temperatures dipping to between -2 to +3 degrees. Frost and icy patches are possible.

SUNDAY: A bright day on Sunday with sunny spells and scattered showers, becoming isolated towards evening. Top temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees. Light to moderate westerly winds will gradually back southwest by evening and reduce light. Temperatures will fall quickly after dark on Sunday night under clear skies with frost and icy patches developing, and lows of -2 to +2 degrees. Cloud will thicken from the southwest overnight and temperatures will rise as winds back southeast. Outbreaks of rain will develop in Munster by morning.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heaviest and most persistent in the southern counties. Moderate to fresh and gusty easterly winds. Highs of 6 to 8 degrees. Further outbreaks of rain though Monday night, with some heavy falls, with sleet possible on high ground. Light to moderate variable winds inland will be fresh and gusty near some coasts. Lows of 2 to 5 degrees

TUESDAY: Current indications suggest rain will gradually clear northeastwards through the day with sunny spells developing. Highs of 7 to 10 degrees. Light to moderate westerly winds backing southerly later.

FURTHER OUTLOOK: Current indications suggest our weather will remain fairly mixed but relatively mild through midweek next week.