Weather forecast for the coming days says more wind and rain on the way
The weather forecast from Met Eireann for the coming days is for more unsettled weather with continuing strong winds and rain in the wake of Storm Gareth.
The weather forecast for Wednesday is for strong and gusty westerly winds to begin to ease down later Wednesday morning, but it will remain blustery for the day. Some good sunshine to begin, outside of some well scattered showers. During the afternoon and evening, cloud and persistent drizzle will move into Connacht, Ulster and north Leinster, whilst elsewhere any rain will be patchy. Windiest early on, with highest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees degrees.
Wednesday night will be windy with strong and gusty west to southwest winds with gales along coasts. Spells of rain will occur with some heavy bursts particularly over the western half of the country. Lows of 6 to 10 degrees.
The weather forecast for Thursday from Met Eireann states that it will continue mostly cloudy with further spells of rain, the rain mainly affecting the south and west in the afternoon, but drier conditions in Leinster and Ulster in the afternoon and evening with just the isolated shower. Winds moderate to fresh west to northwest in direction but strong and gusty at times along southern coasts. Highest temperatures 8 to 13 degrees. Outbreaks of rain and drizzle Thursday night with moderate to fresh southwest to west breezes. Lows of 5 to 11 degrees, mildest in the south.
According to Met Eireann, on Friday, a band of rain will extend across the country in the morning but clear into the Irish Sea by afternoon. Brighter and drier conditions will follow from the west later but possibly staying cloudier along southern areas. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees in moderate to fresh westerly winds. Rain will reach southern coasts Friday night and extend to much of Munster and South Leinster overnight, with some heavy bursts possible. There is the risk of the rain turning to sleet for a time. Lows of 1 to 4 degrees.
Heavy and persistent rain will affect much of Leinster and Munster on Saturday according to Met Eireann. There will be some heavy bursts with a risk of hail. Some of the rain possibly turning to sleet, with snow on hills and mountains. Elsewhere it will be drier with just a few showers, although some of hail. Cold with highest temperatures of 3 to 5 degrees. Saturday night will become dry in most areas, but a few showers will persist in Atlantic coastal counties and a few will be wintry. Cold with lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 degrees with frost and icy stretches.
Met Eireann says that, at the moment, St Patrick's Day is expected to be a bright and cold day with sunny spells and scattered showers, some of the showers wintry in the north and northwest. Highest temperatures 7 to 9 degrees with a fresh westerly breeze.