Autumn kicks in as miserable weekend of weather promised
Ireland is preparing for a miserable weekend as Autumn begins to set in.
Met Éireann forecaster Siobhan Ryan told Independent.ie that north-westerly winds will "feel brisk at times" and are set to bring cooler temperatures of about 14 to 17 degrees.
"Today [Friday] will be bright and breezy in the east and midlands, but Munster is set for heavy rain, particularly in Kerry,” she said.
It is expected to get increasingly windy overnight, with scattered showers. Temperatures are set to reach 10 degrees but will feel cooler at times.
The forecaster said Saturday will be cool, blustery and rather showery day. The showers will be more common in the first half of the day, gradually clearing eastwards, and becoming isolated towards evening.
It's not all bad news as there will be some bright or sunny spells too. The best of these will be across the western half of the country.
Sunday will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards in the morning, clearing into the Irish Sea during the afternoon. Bright spells and blustery showers will follow into the west with the showers turning heavy and prolonged in parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster by evening.
It will be a wet and windy start to the working week with widespread squally showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times with a risk of thunder.
There will be fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds, particularly along the south west.
"Wind warnings look likely to be in place," said Ms Ryan.