Drier, brighter day today but rainy Christmas on horizon
Low pressure will dominate our weather in the lead up to Christmas, bringing some wet and breezy conditions. Turning milder for a time also
A band of light and patchy rain will move away to the north this morning as drier and brighter conditions develop from the south. Bright and sunny spells will extend to all areas during the afternoon with just one or two isolated showers lingering. Highs of 9 to 12 degrees with light to moderate southerly winds.
Generally dry and clear at first with some mist and fog forming later, mainly for the northern half of the country. Cloud will slowly build from the south overnight with outbreaks of rain gradually spreading across Munster by morning. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees over the northern half of the country but a milder 6 to 9 degrees further south with light to moderate southerly winds.
Tomorrow (Friday), Christmas Eve, is forecast to be a cloudy morning with outbreaks of rain slowly spreading north, reaching Ulster by the afternoon. Clearer, brighter and drier conditions will follow in from the south, extending further north as the rain clears. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees in moderate southeasterly winds.
Becoming cloudier across the country in the evening with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the southwest. Some patchy mist will form elsewhere before the rain extends to all areas by night. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees with light to moderate southeast winds.
While the exact details of the weather over the Christmas weekend can be a little uncertain at times, with Rudolph's help, Santa will have no problem navigating his way through the rain.
A rather cloudy Christmas morning with outbreaks of rain moving in from the south and becoming more widespread by the afternoon. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees with light to moderate southeast winds.
Saturday Night: Some clear breaks in the cloud will develop as the rains slowly moves away to the north. The winds will fall to a light southerly and overnight temperatures will dip to 4 to 7 degrees with some patchy mist developing.
A generally cloudy day on Sunday, St Stephen's Day, with scattered outbreaks of rain at times. The will be some afternoon clear spells however with generally light winds. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees.
Monday will be a relatively calm and mild day with scattered cloud and one or two isolated showers for areas in the far northwest. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees with light winds.
Further Outlook: Current indications suggest another period of unsettled weather with spells of rain and breezy winds but temperatures should be a touch milder.