This weekend is going to be wet and windy to start with, as Storm Erik begins to subside, though it will remain cold at night also.
Friday - A windy start to the day on Friday, as the Wind warnings associated with Storm Erik remain in place, Read the full details here. Southwesterly winds will be strong to gale force and gusty, gradually veering westerly. Met Éireann have warned of some potentially “damaging gusts” along the west coast on Friday morning and for much of the day on northern coasts. After the mild, wet start, conditions should turn brighter and drier, with just showery intervals in most areas by the afternoon. Top temperatures on the day of 6 to 9 degrees.
Friday night will see widespread “blustery showers” continuing, with some showers heavy and the possibility of hail and thunderstorms in places. Overnight temperatures will fluctuate from 4 to 7 degrees. Southwest to westerly winds will be strong to gale force overnight, strongest along the coasts. These winds should ease, however, as the night progresses.
Saturday - The wind warnings associated with Storm Erik remain in place until 6am on Saturday morning and it will be a windy start overall with some further scattered showers. Showers are likely to be most frequent in the west and north of the country, with a risk of hail showers and thunder also. These showers should become more isolated by Saturday evening, with top temperatures on the day of 6 to 9 degrees Celsius.
Strong and gusty southwesterly winds should gradually ease on Saturday evening, though showers are likely to continue in Atlantic coastal areas. It should remain dry elsewhere, with minimum overnight temperatures of 1 to 4 degrees. Southwest winds will be light, veering westerly overnight.
Sunday - A cold and breezy start to the day, though it will be bright with some sunny spells and just the occasional scattered showers. Showers will be most prevalent in the west and north of the country, with a continued risk of hail showers and thundery periods. Top daytime temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees, though it will feel cooler due to moderate to fresh northwest winds.
Sunday night will see the cold weather continuing, with ground frost and ice patches likely to form overnight. Lowest temperatures overnight of -3 to + degrees.
Next Week - Early indications suggest a dry and bright start to the week, with top temperatures on Monday of 6 to 8 degrees Celsius.