Rain and showers over the coming days

Weather update from Met Éireann

Unsettled with rain or showers over the coming days. Mild for a time before temperatures trend downwards. That's according to the latest Met Éireann weather bulletin.

Frosty or icy at first this morning but generally dry with spells of sunshine developing. However, blustery and possibly wintry showers will move into the west and northwest during the morning, pushing into the east and south in turn during the afternoon. Chance of isolated thunderstorms too. Becoming largely fine later this afternoon as the last of the showers clear the southeast. Highest temperatures of only 5 to 9 degrees (north to south), with an added wind chill factor owing to fresh and gusty northwest winds.

Frost and ice will set in quickly after dark under clear skies and easing winds. Cold with lowest temperatures of -3 to +1 degrees. Later in the night, rain will develop in the southwest and across western fringes.

Dry at first across much of the midlands, north and east on Wednesday with frost and ice clearing. Outbreaks of rain elsewhere will soon become widespread, heaviest across Munster and Connacht with spot flooding. Some local sleet or snow is possible for a time across the northern half of the country. Highest afternoon temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees in the north, but ranging 7 to 11 degrees further south, in fresh to strong and gusty south to southeast winds.

A wet night on Wednesday with heavy falls of rain, leading to spot flooding, though easing off later. Breezy too, in mostly fresh southerly winds. Relatively mild though with lowest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees.

Thursday is expected a mild and breezy day sunny spells and showers, some heavy and prolonged. Highest temperatures of 12 to 15 or 16 degrees in moderate to fresh southwest winds, best values across the northeast. THURSDAY NIGHT: Scattered outbreaks of rain will move up across the country, in a moderate southerly airflow, stronger along southern coasts. Another relatively mild night with lows of 8 to 10 degrees.

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 heavy and prolonged. Relatively mild with highest temperatures of 12 to 15 or 16 degrees, in moderate to fresh southerly winds with best values away from southern counties.

A mix of clear spells and slow moving showers overnight on Friday with some mist and fog locally as the winds slacken. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.

This weekend will bring rather mixed conditions with clear spells and showers but with light enough winds overland. Temperatures are likely to slip back though with colder nights lending to some frost and possible ice.