Four seasons in one day with rain, snow, sun and heavy winds across country
Published 20/01/2014 | 02:30
FOUR seasons of weather hit the country almost simultaneously with everything from snow to warm spring-like sunshine over the weekend.
Heavy rain, gusty winds and frost in some areas completed the extremely changeable weather over Saturday and Sunday.
There will be a strange mix over the coming week with rain, possible snow on high ground, and finally milder temperatures and sunshine.
Met Eireann forecaster Siobhan Ryan said the weekend's weather was "very changeable with very mixed fortunes".
Torrential downpours that battered the east and north on Saturday hit the west and southwest yesterday.
There was even a dusting of snow in high ground in parts of the country.
Ms Ryan said recent heavy rains caused the ground to be water-logged in most places with spot flooding resulting from heavy downpours.
But other regions saw warm sunshine during the afternoon yesterday -- particularly in the east.
Despite the fast-changing weather, forecasters pointed out that the conditions were not harsh for this time of year.
"It's not a bad week ahead with below average rainfall and daytime temperatures feeling relatively pleasant enough," said Ms Ryan.
The coming days will have daytime highs of 7C to 9C while the coming weekend will be a bit milder, she added.
However, wet and windy weather will spread in from the Atlantic this evening and tonight.
The rain may even fall as sleet or snow for a time on northern hills.
The rain will clear western counties later.
The Met.ie forecast is that tomorrow will start cloudy and wet for most areas, but sunny spells in the west will extend eastwards as the rain clears away and the winds ease.
Scattered blustery showers will follow. The showers will become prolonged in parts of the west later, along with blustery south-west winds.
Wednesday will be a cool, breezy and showery day but the mixed weather pattern will continue as there will also be sunny spells.
The outlook for later in the week is a lot more settled, in welcome news for those of you confused over whether to pack a woolly hat or an umbrella.
Thursday will become dry in most places during the day with some sunny spells, and the winds easing.