Wednesday 1 March 2017

Put the coats away - weather to turn 'normal' for May

Ciara Treacy

Forecasts are predicting settled weather and temperatures rising to levels more typical for this time of year in the coming week
Forecasts are predicting settled weather and temperatures rising to levels more typical for this time of year in the coming week

It could finally be time to banish winter coats to the back of the wardrobe - as forecasts are predicting settled weather and temperatures rising to levels more typical for this time of year in the coming week.

However, this comes after the mixed conditions experienced over the May bank holiday - during which we saw gusty winds, hail and sunshine.

Although Ireland's monthly weather data won't be released until next week, April is expected to prove one of the coldest on record.

But - following the long winter - it seems that after today breezy yet brighter conditions are expected to bring temperatures more normal for the month of May.

The last of the rain is forecast to depart from the east coast today, leaving sunny spells and scattered showers, with fresh westerly winds.

Similar conditions are expected across the country, although it will be blustery, according to Met Éireann.

Maximum temperatures will be 10-12C.

Tonight, showers will be confined to north and west coasts, with clear spells developing elsewhere. However, it will turn cold, with a touch of grass frost in inland parts of the south.

Less rain and more settled conditions are anticipated for the coming days.

"The outlook for the week is a bit better than it has been," said Met Éireann forecaster John Eagleton.

"Temperatures will be a bit higher and more towards normal at 13C or 14C.

"There is a good sign it will be a bit warmer next weekend, it might be 16C. It's hard to call it for sure, there are signs of it settling, but there are signs of more rain coming up from the south.

"One thing we can be pretty certain of is that it will be a lot warmer than the week gone by," he added.

Tomorrow, showers will persist in the north and west but many places will be dry and bright with sunny breaks, although still on the cool side.

Wednesday will be a milder day, with temperatures in the low to mid-teens. Much of the country will be dry with sunny spells, although there is a likelihood of rain in the west towards the afternoon and evening.

On Thursday, apart from a little rain in places, it will be dry with broken cloud.

Irish Independent

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