Brrrace yourself - there's a DRAMATIC change in weather ahead

25th Apr 18 | News

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After milder temperatures, Ireland is bracing itself for a dramatic change in weather over the next few days, with temperatures set to plunge to 0C on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, bringing a risk of grass frost.

Met Eireann have warned that a mobile Atlantic pattern dominates this week bringing cool and mixed weather conditions. 


Many parts of the province will start out dry today with sunny spells, but showers will be widespread by this afternoon accompanied by increasingly fresh and blustery westerly winds. Many of the showers will be heavy with a risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms. Highest temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees.


Tonight will continue breezy with scattered showers at first, but the showers will become increasingly isolated overnight and long clear periods will occur. Minimum temperatures will range 4 to 6 degrees in moderate to fresh and gusty west to southwest winds, which will be strong at times near coasts.


Most parts of the province will be dry to begin tomorrow, Thursday, with spells of sunshine, but scattered showers will break out once again by the afternoon and some of them will be heavy. Cloud will increase during the afternoon, especially over southern parts of the province, and outbreaks of rain will edge in from the southwest during the evening. Highest temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees.

Thursday night: Rain, potentially heavy and persistent, will continue to extend northeastwards to affect parts of Munster and south Leinster on Thursday night. There is still uncertainty with respect to the northern extent of this rain, however. Much of north Leinster, Ulster and Connacht do look likely to hold mainly dry at this stage, and it is in these parts that the coldest temperatures will be achieved with minimum temperatures ranging 0 to plus 3 degrees, bringing a risk of grass frost. Elsewhere, minimum temperatures will range 4 to 6 degrees Celsius. Winds will be mainly light northerly or variable, but moderate to fresh along the south coast.

Friday will be mostly cloudy to begin through much of Munster and Leinster with outbreaks of rain, possibly heavy and persistent, clearing eastwards during the afternoon. A brighter start to the day is signalled further north and west, but showers will become widespread in these parts by the afternoon, and some of those showers will be heavy and slow-moving with a risk of hail. Maximum temperatures will range 9 to 12 degrees in mainly light northerly breezes. Showers will become isolated on Friday night and it will turn cold under clear spells. Temperatures will fall back to between zero and plus 2 degrees Celsius in the light northerly breezes, leading to a risk of grass frost.

Saturday will start dry in many places with crisp sunny spells, but cloud amounts will soon increase and scattered showers will break out by the afternoon. Some of the showers will be heavy and slow-moving with a risk of hail and the odd rumble of thunder. Highest temperatures of 9 to 13 degrees in light northerly breezes. Showers becoming increasingly isolated on Saturday night and many places becoming dry with clear spells. Lows of zero to plus 4 degrees Celsius with a touch of grass frost. 

Another day of sunny spells punctuated by occasionally heavy showers with a continued risk of hail and thunder. Top temperatures around 9 to 12 degrees Celsius. Winds veering light to moderate northeasterly, so rather cool conditions along the east coast.