Keep the brollies handy as weekend set to be a washout
Stock up on those brollies – this week’s clear skies are due to give way to heavy rain as the weekend begins.
Despite rising temperatures Met Eireann are reporting that conditions this evening will be wet as moderate showers will sweep in from the west.
“Cloudy and breezy outbreaks of rain [and] drizzle will affect all areas, becoming persistent in the west and southwest,” the forecaster warned.
Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 12C in some areas, though persistent southerly winds will keep things cool.
The Met predicts this heavier rain will spread during the night and will extend to most areas by the morning.
“Rain is set to fall all over the country by tomorrow morning… [with] Munster and southern Leinster the most affected.
Cloudy & breezy with rain/driz spreading to all parts of the country this morn & becoming persistent in W & SW. Highs 8 to 12 deg.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 20, 2016
“Expect breezy conditions with temperatures of between 9C to 13C over half of the country, though further north it will remain chilly with highs of between 6C to 8C.”
The forecaster added: “Sunday night will start generally cloudy with further outbreaks of rain or drizzle in many parts of the country.”
Moving into the rest of the week, winds coming in from the west and northwest are expected to bring colder conditions and could see widespread frost and icy road surfaces.
Monday will start dry and bright in many places but showers affecting the northern coasts will move inland and develop further south going in to the night.
There will be little change the rest of the week as Tuesday will be mainly dry and bright countrywide.
A widespread frost will develop later that evening and untreated surfaces will become icy, the Met warned.
Many places will be dry with sunny spells on Wednesday, though northern breezes will keep it much colder than normal.
As the week goes on, many northern counties will see showers developing.