Some heavy showers today with chance of spot flooding

Weather update from Met Éireann

An unsettled week ahead with rain or showers on most days. That's the latest weather outlook from Met Éireann.

Widespread showers or longer spells of rain today, heavy in places with the chance of spot flooding. After a mild start, colder air will move in across the northwest of the country by afternoon. Turning colder in all areas by evening with the possibility of some wintry showers in the north. Afternoon highs of 4 to 8 degrees in the north and 9 to 12 degrees in the south. Strong and gusty southwest winds, veering northerly during the course of the day.

Cold and blustery tonight with clear spells and scattered wintry showers, with falls of snow in places. Some of the showers will be heavy with hail and thunder. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +3 degrees in fresh to strong northwest winds. Icy stretches developing on some untreated roads and paths.

Any icy start in many areas on Tuesday. It will be a cold and breezy day with sunny spells and showers, many of the showers will be wintry with the chance of hail and thunder. Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees in fresh and gusty northwest winds.

Cold on Tuesday night with widespread frost along with some icy stretches. Wintry showers will die out to leave most of the country dry for a time. Lowest temperatures of -4 to zero degrees. Later in the night, rain will develop in the southwest, spreading northwards over the country during Wednesday morning, preceded by sleet or snow for a time in the north.

Wednesday will be a wet day with outbreaks of rain, heavy in places, especially in Munster and Connacht. Some falls of sleet or snow are possible for a time in north Ulster. Maximum afternoon temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees in Ulster, but ranging 7 to 11 degrees elsewhere, in fresh to strong and gusty south to southeast winds. Mild and breezy on Wednesday night with outbreaks of rain. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees in fresh southwest winds.

A mild and breezy day is expected on Thursday with sunny spells and showers, some heavy and prolonged. Maximum temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees in fresh southwest winds. Scattered outbreaks of rain across the country on Thursday night. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees in moderate southerly winds.

Current indications suggest it will be a showery day on St Patrick's Day. There will be a mix of sunny spells and showers, some of the showers possibly heavy and prolonged. Highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees in moderate to fresh southerly winds. A mix of clear spells and showers on Friday night. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.

Low pressure is expected to be positioned over Ireland for the weekend bringing showery conditions.