Lough Oughter Castle taken from the skies by Paul Sheridan and his drone.

Heavy blustery showers today

Weather Update

Heavy blustery showers with a continued risk of hail or sleet and isolated thunderstorms. The latest weather forecast from Met Éireann also says there will be occasional sunny spells between showers in the morning. However, the national weather forecaster says it will become increasingly cloudy through the afternoon, with bands of more persistent showery rain spreading from the Atlantic for a time in the evening. Highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees in fresh to strong and gusty southwesterly winds.

Bands of rain will quickly clear to scattered showers early tonight with a continued risk of hail or sleet and isolated thunderstorms. Cold with lowest temperatures of 1 to 3 degrees in fresh to strong and gusty west to southwest winds.

Another day of sunny spells and frequent blustery showers on Saturday, again some will be heavy with the risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms. Highest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees in fresh to strong and gusty west to northwest winds.

The overview for the coming days is for continuing cool and breezy conditions with blustery showers over the weekend but becoming more settled next week with drier and milder spring like conditions expected.

Showers will continue to affect the west and north on Saturday night but they will be lighter in nature. It will be mainly dry elsewhere with variable cloud and clear spells, and just the odd light shower. More prolonged rain will approach the northwest by morning. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees in mostly moderate westerly winds.

Sunday, Mothers' Day is forecast to be a mostly cloudy day with rain and drizzle extending from the northwest, to all areas during the day, turning heavy at times in the northwest. Highest temperatures of 8 to 12 degrees in moderate to fresh westerly winds.

Showery rain will become confined to the northwest overnight with occasional clear spells developing elsewhere. Milder than recent nights with lowest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees in moderate westerly winds.

Monday is set to be a mild and mostly cloudy day with patchy outbreaks of light rain and drizzle, the best of any sunny spells will in Munster and south Leinster. Highest temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees in light to moderate westerly breezes.

Monday night: Partly cloudy with patchy rain and drizzle at times overnight, most persistent in the north and northeast. It will be another mild night with lowest temperatures of 8 or 9 degrees as westerly winds fall mostly light.

After a mostly cloudy start on Tuesday, good sunny spells will develop to give a very pleasant day for most, however it will remain chilliest in the north in light to moderate northwesterly winds with highest temperatures of 11 to 16 degrees.

Current indications for St Patrick's Day (Wednesday) are for it to remain mild and dry with partly cloudy skies and highest temperatures of 11 to 16 degrees.

Further outlook: Winds out of the northeast look to introduce somewhat cooler air towards the end of the week, however remaining mostly dry and settled.