Met Eireann has warned that ‘severe’ conditions are on the way for many counties as gale-force winds, hail and lightning are all on the cards this week.
It’s due to be a washout as temperatures turn cooler towards the weekend and stormy weather moves in off the Atlantic.
Wednesday will be a “windy day with widespread showers, merging to longer spells of rain in places,” with hail and lightning predicted too.
Westerly winds will increase from strong to near gale force with some severe gusts, especially along Atlantic coasts.
There will still be some sunny spells which will be brightest in the southeast and highest temperatures will range from 9 to 12 degrees – coolest across Atlantic counties.
Wednesday night will be significantly colder with clear spells and scattered showers,” heavy at times and possibly turning wintry over high ground.”
Showers will become mainly confined to the west and north overnight, with drier weather elsewhere across the country.
“However, there will be some patchy drizzle near southern coasts,” according to the Irish forecaster, and lowest temperatures will range from 1 to 4 degrees in moderate to fresh westerly winds.
Thursday will see a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, with a chance that some will turn to hail or sleet on high ground. Meanwhile, highest temperatures will be between 7 and 10 degrees in moderate to fresh northwesterly winds.
Temperatures are due to plummet on Thursday night to -2C however conditions will be clear with a good deal of dry weather – apart from isolated showers in the west and north and the odd patch of drizzle along southern coasts.
Friday will bring a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, with the chance of some wintry downpours on hills and mountains.
Nighttime temperatures will remain down around -2C on Friday night but it will be “largely dry with long clear spells and just isolated showers.”
As for the weekend, the forecasters predict Saturday will be “a bright day with plenty of dry weather and just well scattered showers. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees in a light westerly breeze.”
However it will “turn wet and windy on Sunday, with unsettled conditions continuing into next week.”
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