Thursday 18 December 2014

Finally! An end in sight to the cold, wind, and rain

Aishling Phelan

Published 06/03/2014 | 13:15

THE end to the bad weather is in sight although we will have to endure another weekend of wet weather before the rain eases and temperatures increase next week.

Conditions are set to brighten and provide a well-needed break to the dismal weather experienced across the country over the past weeks.

‘‘There is a high pressure system building  which could make for a good few days ahead for the first time in a long time,’’ said Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke.

‘‘The weather will be much more settled next week and temperatures will be in the double figures, certainly the low teens,’’ he added.

However, the forecaster warned that temperatures will still plummet at night to sub-zero degrees.

‘‘The charts show that there will still be frost at night, there’s a price to be paid at this time of year for clearer weather,’’ he said.

The forecaster explained that cloud cover would determine how much sunshine the country received but many areas can expect sunny spells next week.

The weather is set to become milder from Sunday afternoon.

A mixed variety of winds and showers will make for a dull weekend for the most part.

Today will see some short bright spells but it will be mostly misty and cloudy, with rain and drizzle.

Highest temperatures will reach 11 to 14 degrees, slightly milder than the chilly conditions of recent weeks.

The murky wet weather will clear slowly eastwards overnight and it will be chilliest in western areas tonight.

Friday will be a bright, mainly dry day, with good sunny spells developing but it will be breezy and showery for a time in the morning over Ulster.

While that night will be dry in most areas, a slight ground frost will develop over eastern areas and outbreaks of rain will develop over the north and west.

Saturday will be cloudy and breezy with scattered outbreaks of rain.

The rain will occur mainly over western parts of the country, while eastern counties will have good dry spells.

After a dim and depressing start, Sunday will be a mostly dry day with light winds and it will brighten up with sunny breaks during the afternoon. 

A slight ground frost will form on Sunday night.

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