The weather forecast from Met Eireann for the weekend is for plenty of wintry weather with snow, sleet in the forecast and a chance of hail in places with temperatures dropping to give frost and icy patches
The weather forecast from Met Eireann for Saturday says it will be a bright breezy day with good dry and bright spells during the morning. Scattered showers will occur too. The showers will merge to a spell of heavy rain across Munster and south Leinster during the afternoon and evening. A cool day. Highest temperatures 7 to 10 degrees. Fresh southwest winds will decrease light as the day goes on.
The weather forecast Saturday night says it will be cold with showery rain, merging into longer spells of rain at times. However, rain will turn to sleet and snow in the northwest and north and over higher ground. There is also the risk of some hail. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees with moderate to fresh westerly winds.
According to Met Eireann, Sunday will be a very cold day with sunny spells and scattered showers. Over the northern half of the country showers will be wintry with the risk of hail. Highest temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees with fresh, gusty westerly winds, strong in coastal areas. On Sunday night scattered showers will become confined to the west and north with some turning wintry, especially over higher ground. But elsewhere showers will become isolated with good clear spells. It will be cold with lowest temperatures of 0 to 2 degrees with frost and icy patches.
The weather forecast for says Monday will not be as cold as cloud increases and winds back southerly. It will be mostly dry apart from a few spots of drizzle. It will become dull or cloudy with patchy rain and drizzle affecting Atlantic coastal counties by evening and quickly spreading eastwards later in the evening and early in the night. Top temperatures will reach 7 to 10 degrees in a freshening southerly breeze. The rain will become persistent and heavy on Monday night and clear southeastwards to scattered showers.
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