Saturday 27 December 2014

Grim start to summer to continue into the weekend

By Aishling Phelan

Published 07/05/2014 | 11:03

SUMMER may have officially begun but that doesn't guarantee the sunny spells.

Make sure to have your umbrella in tow this week as we’re set for some grim conditions.

This morning will be dull and drizzly in all parts of the country.

‘‘Low pressure is dominating the area at the moment giving unstable conditions and further spells are expected later in the week,’’ said Met Eireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly.

‘‘It looks like we will have some very unsettled conditions for the next few days, although there will be some drier periods too,’’ she said.

The rain will peter out this afternoon and most areas will become drier and brighter.

However in north and north-western regions, the rain will persist into the evening.

Today will see top temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees, with best values over Cork, Waterford and Wexford.

It will be a blustery day of fresh and gusty west to southwest winds.

Ulster will receive outbreaks of rain early tonight, while elsewhere will be largely dry with just some patchy drizzle.

Later in the night, cloud and rain will spill into the southwest, gradually moving up to affect much of Munster, Leinster and south Connacht before morning.

Some mist and fog stretches are to be expected with lowest temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees.

It will be coolest in the north and southwest winds will ease off early on in the night.

The outlook remains dismal for the week, according to our national forecaster.

Tomorrow will see scattered outbreaks of rain in all parts, with the potential for some heavy falls across the midlands, north and east, including the Greater Dublin Region.

Rain will push away eastwards into the Irish Sea during the afternoon, giving way to some sunny spells.

Conditions will be mild with highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees, mildest over the east of Munster and the south of Leinster.

The weather will remain very broken for the rest of this week, with showers falling on many of the days ahead and temperatures which are slightly below normal.

Those making plans for the weekend should ensure that all activities are kept indoors.

The weekend will be dull and wet, with outbreaks of rain on and off.

Many of the showers will be heavy and possibly thundery.

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