A curious sheep on Cuilcagh. Photo: Tommy McGibney

Showery weekend ahead weather wise

Weather Update from Met Éireann

Generally unsettled with showers most days over the weekend, some heavy on Monday. Temperatures in the low to mid-teens.

Today will be mostly cloudy with just a few sunny spells. Some showers will spread from the west throughout the day, most frequent in the west and northwest, but overall there will be a good deal of dry weather too. Highest temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees, a touch cooler in some Atlantic areas. Light to moderate southwest winds will freshen later in the west.

Remaining cloudy or overcast tonight with showery outbreaks of rain affecting Connacht and west Ulster. Elsewhere, there will be long dry spells with occasional showers. Becoming misty in places with pockets of fog possibly forming in mild and humid conditions. Temperatures not falling below 10 or 11 degrees. Moderate southwest winds will be fresh to strong on western and northwestern coasts.

Tomorrow morning will generally be cloudy with showers spreading countrywide from the west. Showers will turn heavy in the afternoon and evening across Ulster and north Connacht. It will brighten up in the afternoon too however, with spells of sunshine in between showers. Highest temperatures of 14 to 18 degrees, warmest towards the east, with a light to moderate southwest breeze.

Scattered showers are forecast for Sunday night, mainly over the western half of the country, with long clear spells elsewhere. Pockets of mist and fog will likely form. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees. Light southwest winds will become northwesterly in direction by morning.

Showers will become widespread during Monday morning, interspersed with bright or sunny spells. Showers will turn increasingly heavy in the afternoon with possible thundery downpours, particularly in the east. Feeling fresher with highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees and a moderate northwest breeze.

Becoming dry and clear in most areas as showers clear early in the night, but they will continue in western coastal areas overnight. Overnight lows of 6 to 9 degrees with light west to northwest breezes.

Another day of showers on Tuesday with some sunny periods, with the odd heavy shower. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees, best values towards the east coast, with a moderate westerly breeze. On Tuesday night, it will become drier for a time however cloud will thicken overnight with some rain developing on western coasts later. Moderate westerly breezes will strengthen overnight in Atlantic areas. Lows of 8 to 11 degrees.

Breezy or windy on Wednesday with showers or longer spells of rain spreading from the Atlantic in a westerly airflow. Uncertain, but there may be very gusty conditions at times in western areas. Variable cloud cover, with some sunny spells. Highs of 13 to 16 degrees.

Further showers on Thursday with winds moderating, signs of drier weather later in the week. Temperatures will rise slightly into the mid-teens.