Billis Church,Virginia.Photo: Linda Mooney, Termon, Virginia

Cold weather, turning more unsettled

Weather Update

Cold with frost clearing this morning. Some mist and fog will linger in parts of Munster. Today will be dry with sunny spells, the cloudiest conditions will be over the northern half of the country. There will be longer spells of sunshine further south. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees in light southwest winds, or calm conditions.

Dry to begin tonight with clear spells. Mist and fog will return to parts of the south. Many places will be dry for most of the night but a band of rain will move in from the northwest later in the night. The rain will push southeastwards into the midlands near dawn. Cold with lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees, a little less cold across west Connacht and Ulster. Light to moderate southwest winds.

A damp start on Wednesday morning with rain slowly clearing the south and east. Brighter weather with showers and sunny spells will follow for the rest of the day. Showers will be heaviest and most frequent in the northwest, with isolated hail showers possible. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees. Light to moderate southwest winds will veer northerly and increase strong on western and northern coasts.

Long dry and clear spells are forecast for Wednesday night with scattered showers feeding over the country in fresh northerly winds, showers most frequent near western and northern coasts. Lowest temperatures of 0 to +3 degrees, less cold along Atlantic fringes.

Thursday will be cold with scattered showers. There will be good sunshine at first, but it will become cloudier through the day from the northwest. Highest temperatures of just 5 to 8 degrees. Breezy at first but northwest winds will ease light during the afternoon.

Becoming windy overnight on Thursday with fresh to strong westerly winds developing. Mostly cloudy with a few showers at first, but rain will slowly extend from the northwest to all areas overnight. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 degrees, with milder conditions spreading from the west overnight.

Friday will be windy with frequent showers. Cold, with some showers possibly turning to sleet in the evening. Fresh to strong northerly winds with gales likely near some coasts and over high ground. Highest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees with an added wind chill factor. Remaining windy through the night with further showers. Some showers of sleet or snow are likely over the north and west. Lowest temperatures of 0 to +4 degrees.

Further scattered showers on Saturday with sunny intervals. Feeling cold in brisk northerly winds which will moderate later in the day. Highest temperatures of just 5 to 7 degrees. Cold overnight with temperatures near freezing or slightly below.

Sunday is looking to be cloudier with rain developing in the west later in the day and spreading eastwards. Winds will be light or moderate.

Early indications suggest it will turn milder heading into next week.