Sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon
The outlook for the coming days from Met Éireann says it will stay cold with a spell of windy and showery weather developing through Thursday night and Friday.
A band of rain in the northwest will move southeastwards across the country this morning, clearing by early afternoon. It will be followed from the northwest by sunny spells and scattered showers for the rest of the day. The showers will be most frequent in the northwest, with isolated hail showers possible. Feeling cold with afternoon temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees. Light to moderate southwest winds will veer northwesterly as the rain clears, becoming strong on northern and western coasts.
Tonight will stay dry with long clear spells for most but scattered showers will feed in from the north through the night, most frequent in Connacht and Ulster. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 degrees generally, less cold over west Connacht and north Ulster, in moderate to fresh northerly winds.
Tomorrow will start dry and bright with sunshine in many areas and just isolated showers. Cloud will build from the northwest through the day, bringing more frequent showers into the west and northwest by evening. Another cold day with temperatures of 5 to 7 degrees in light to moderate northwesterly winds.
Becoming windy on Thursday night with fresh to strong westerly winds developing as showery rain spreads across the country from the northwest. Lowest temperatures of 1 to 5 degrees occurring early on, turning less cold as the rain spreads.
Friday is forecast to be a windy and showery day with fresh to strong northwest winds and gales developing on coasts. Turning cold again; some showers will turn to sleet in the evening, with snow possible on higher ground. Afternoon temperatures of just 3 to 7 degrees with an added wind chill factor.
Staying windy on Friday night with strong to near gale force northwesterly winds. Scattered showers will continue, most frequent in the north and west where some will fall as sleet. Lowest temperatures of 0 to +4 degrees.
A largely dry and bright day on Saturday with sunny spells. Scattered showers will feed into northern and western coastal areas through the day, with sleet or snow possible on higher ground. Feeling brisk with temperatures of just 4 to 7 degrees and a fresh northerly wind bringing an added wind chill factor.
A dry start to Saturday night with clear spells but cloud will build from the Atlantic through the night, bringing rain to the western half of the country towards morning. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees, though it will turn less cold as the cloud builds. Winds will ease light and back southwesterly early on.
Sunday is promised a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain affecting most areas through the day. Highest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees in the north and east but milder elsewhere with temperatures between 8 and 10 degrees.
Early next week: Turning milder to start next week but generally unsettled with showers or spells of rain at times.