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Friday 28 April 2017

Keep that umbrella close - stereotypical Irish weather on the cards for St Patrick's weekend

Spectators at the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin Photo: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images
Spectators at the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin Photo: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

What better way to celebrate St Patrick's Day and the weekend than with some stereotypical Irish weather?

Memories of sun-drenched St Patrick's Days won't be relived today as the country can expect cool, blustery breezes and heavy rain.

Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke told RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland that persistent and sometimes heavy rain will affect Connacht, Ulster and parts of west Munster today.

"There will be at least some rain this afternoon and evening. There will be coastal fog as well," Mr Clarke said.

It will be windy early tonight, with further rain at times. Spot flooding can also be expected in some areas.

Further rain will dampen the mood this weekend with cloud and mist also expected on Saturday.

Top temperatures will hit 14 degrees, but "will feel cooler" according to forecasters.

The weather is due to stay changeable and unsettled into next week as well, with early days expected to be cold, breezy and showery.

The showers will turn wintry in places on Monday night and on Tuesday, with some places even seeing snow.

Frost will return also and will be sharp to severe in places, with some icy roads expected.

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