Friday 19 January 2018

Luck of the Irish? St Patrick's Day looks set to be sunny for once

St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Photo: Fáílte Ireland
St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Photo: Fáílte Ireland

Meadhbh McGrath

Good news for anyone planning to take part in St Patrick’s Day festivities this Thursday: spring weather is on the way at last.

According to Met Eireann, Paddy’s Day will be a dry day with both cloudy and sunny spells. We can expect a cool morning with temperatures rising in the afternoon to between 8 and 11 degrees.

Following a cold morning with patches of fog, temperatures are to reach 13 degrees today for a dry day with some pleasant bright spells.

Tonight will be dry and quite cold with some ground frost and fog as temperatures fall to between zero and 4 degrees.

As for the outlook for the rest of the week, Met Eireann have said people can expect dry, fine conditions, falling to 8 or 9 degrees along the coast in the evenings.

“The weather is going to continue dry and settled for the rest of the week and over the coming weekend with an anticyclone/high pressure system slow moving near Ireland and Britain blocking out the Atlantic rain belts.

“Winds will be from between southeast and northeast in direction; mostly moderate in strength but fresh at times in some coastal areas and over high ground.”

While the days will be mild, Met Eireann warn that temperatures will drop at night. The rain should hold off but there may be ground frost and fog developing and a risk of air frost on some nights.

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