An unsettled weekend of weather forecast by Met Éireann, with conditions expected to turn much colder by early next week.
Friday - A predominantly cloudy day forecast for Friday, though it should remain dry in most areas, apart from some patchy rain, drizzle and mist in Atlantic coastal areas. It should remain slightly warmer than recent days, with daytime temperatures varying from 10 to 12 degrees and moderate westerly winds.
Friday night will see the dry spells continuing, again with just some patchy, light rain and places. It will be mild overnight and rain should hit western and northern coastal areas by early Saturday morning, bringing with it breezy conditions.
Saturday - Rain on Saturday will spread countrywide, accompanied by strong southwesterly winds. These will be followed by “blustery showers” later in the day, with temperatures ranging from 9 to 10 degrees. It should turn colder later in the afternoon and towards the evening time, with some showers even turning wintry in northern areas.
Saturday night is going to be a windy one with Met Éireann warning that it could get “potentially very windy”. These winds will be accompanied by some falls of rain, hail and sleet in places. Northwesterly winds will be strong to gusty and even gale force in coastal areas.
Sunday - Current indications suggest the windy weather will continue into Sunday. These northwesterly winds will again be with strong to gusty. Meanwhile, wintry showers are likely to continue in the north and northwest on Sunday, though it should remain dry further south with some sunny periods. Afternoon temperatures are expected to vary from 4 to 7 degrees, with an added wind chill. These winds should moderate by the evening time.
Sunday night will see winds gradually easing further, leaving a cold, clear night. Widespread frost and icy patches are expected to form overnight.
Next Week - Early forecasts suggest that the cold weather will return early next week, with frosty nights and the occasional wintry shower expected.