Saturday 17 March 2018

There's sunshine ahead: Everything you need to know about the forecast for the next five days

The Great Sugar Loaf covered in snow today Wicklow. 11/12/2017
Picture by Fergal Phillips
The Great Sugar Loaf covered in snow today Wicklow. 11/12/2017 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

The country has been hit with three weather warnings, as Ireland continues to battle freezing temperatures.

Three separate Status Yellow warning are in place with a national snow and ice warning for the whole country in effect due to heavy thundery showers and hail, sleet and snow which will affect various parts of the country. The warning remains in place until 8pm on Thursday.

There is also a wind warning in place in counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. That warning will remain in place until midnight on Thursday night.

A rainfall warning is in place also in counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo. There are heavy thundery downpours expected which are likely to lead to rainfall accumulation of 30 to 50mm according to Met Eireann. The warning is in place until Thursday at 1pm.

Here is everything you need to know for the five days ahead.


A snow-ice nationwide warning will finish at 8pm today, after more than 24 hours.

A wind warning for counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick will also end today - at 10pm.

Forecasters said we can expect it to be "blustery and showery, heavy showers with hail and a risk of thunder."

The forecasters say that the winds will have a mean speed of 45 to 65 kph and there will be gusts of up to 85kph. Western areas will be worst affected.

Max temperatures today will be between four and eight degrees.


Conditions will settle down today, as the cold northerly flow subsides. Friday is looking dry, with good sunshine.

According to Met Éireann forecaster Liz Walsh, any showers will be restricted. Top temperatures will be between five and nine degrees.

There will be widespread frost with icy stretches likely on Friday night.


There will be a few wintry showers on Saturday morning. There will be a few light showers throughout the day, but a good deal of good weather. Temperatures will be between five and 10 degrees.


It's set to be a mostly cloudy day today. There will be some drizzle, but it will be less cold.


Monday will see temperatures return to average, with overall cloudy conditions.

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