Family day out on Lavey Lake. Photo: Linda McSherry

Cooler weather with thundery downpours

Weather Update from Met Éireann

Unsettled and cooler over the weekend, with rain and heavy showers at times.

The morning will be cloudy with rain mainly in the west and southwest. This will move northeastwards across the rest of the country through the afternoon, followed by scattered showers. There will be heavy and possibly thundery downpours at times, giving a risk of spot flooding. Southeast winds will freshen and become westerly, strongest near coasts. Highest afternoon temperatures of 14 to 19 degrees, warmest in the northeast, but turning noticeably cooler in the southwest through the late afternoon.

Overnight, the rain will continue in western parts, potentially turning heavy and thundery at times with a continued risk of spot flooding. Further to the east, it will be clearer with just isolated showers. Temperatures will fall to between 7 and 10 degrees in moderate to fresh southerly winds.

Saturday will be an unseasonably cold, windy and wet day. There will be a good deal of cloud with showery outbreaks of rain continuing to affect the western half of the country. Some of the showers may turn thundery. Mostly dry further east, although the rain will spread across the country later in the day. Highest temperatures of 11 to 17 degrees, coolest in the west, in fresh to strong and gusty southerly or variable winds.

There will be further spells of rain and showers across the country during Saturday night. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees with moderate to fresh southwesterly or variable winds.

Sunday will bring a mix of sunny spells and widespread heavy and possibly thundery showers. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees in moderate to fresh southwesterly or variable winds.

The forecast for Sunday night is for a mix of clear spells and scattered showers, heaviest and most frequent in the west and northwest. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees with light to moderate southwesterly breezes.

Staying unsettled on Monday with widespread showers, turning to heavier more persistent rain in the western half of the country later in the day. Highest temperatures of 13 to 17 degrees with moderate southerly winds.

A band of rain will spread across the country overnight on Monday, clearing to showers in the morning. Mild with lowest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees as fresh southerly winds moderate.

Persistent rain will clear away to the east early on Tuesday, leaving a mixed day for all areas with sunny spells and scattered showers. Highest temperatures of 14 to 20 degrees, warmest in the east. Winds light to moderate, southerly or variable.

Conditions are set to remain unsettled through the week as low pressure continues to dominate.