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Met Éireann's 'distinctly chilly' Bank Holiday weekend weather

Leinster Express Reporter

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Met Éireann weather charts show very cold with a forecast also issued for 'distinctly chilly' weather over Ireland through the October Bank Holiday weekend and into the mid-term school break and Halloween.

Atlantic Air Mass Charts on the forecaster's website show temperatures plunging as a cold front extends south over Ireland.

The charts show that the colder weather will prevail through the weekend with temperatures dropping further on Bank Holiday Monday.

In its weather forecast issued on Wednesday, October 23 Met Éireann colder than normal weather is on the cards.

"The nights will be distinctly chilly with slight air and widespread sharp ground frosts, with the risk of icy patches," said the forecast.

Before the weekend arrives, Met Éireann is expecting heavy, continuous, thundery rain on Friday with a risk of flooding. More details below Met Éireann's tweet of what to expect.

Forecast issued by Met Éireann on its website at 3 Pm on Wednesday, October 25.

23 October 2019 15:00

TODAY - WEDNESDAY 23RD OCTOBER
Rain will continue to extend eastwards today, reaching eastern coastal counties by evening. It will turn drier and clearer in the west and southwest later. Top temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees in fresh to strong southerly winds.

TONIGHT
Rain in eastern coastal counties will ease early tonight as a clearance extends from the west. A few passing showers will follow but a good deal of dry weather overall. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees with southwest winds easing allowing a few mist patches to form.

TOMORROW - THURSDAY 24TH OCTOBER
Thursday will be a cool, bright day with a mix of sunny spells and passing showers. The showers will primarily affect the west and north early in the day but will extend southeastwards to many areas during the afternoon with a few heavy downpours likely. Moderate southwest winds veering westerly will increase fresh and gusty in the northwest and north. Top temperatures ranging 9 to 12 degrees.

NATIONAL OUTLOOK
OVERVIEW: Varied rainfall distribution with above the norm over the south and east. Colder than normal.

Thursday night will be dry and cold in most areas with frost forming and possibly also some patches of mist and shallow fog. Lowest temperatures down to zero in places. But cloud and rain will push into more southern areas by dawn Friday.

FRIDAY: Rain will quickly spread northeast to all areas during the morning with fresh south or southeast winds. The rain will be heavy, continuous and locally thundery across the south and east especially and may give localised flooding. The rain will become confined to parts of Munster and south Leinster overnight. Cold elsewhere, with slight ground frost.

SATURDAY: Heavy rain at first over parts of Munster and south Leinster. But this rain clearing southwards. Otherwise a cold, bright day with good sunny spells. Most areas will be dry, but scattered rain or hail showers will affect the north and northwest. Moderate northwest winds and temperatures only ranging 5 to 8 degrees. Cold and frosty overnight., with lows down to zero or a little below in places.

BANK HOLIDAY (Sunday and Monday) : Cold. Generally dry apart from a few coastal showers mainly in the north. Good sunny spells by day, but with typical afternoon temperatures only ranging 7 to 10 degrees. The nights will be distinctly chilly with slight air and widespread sharp ground frosts, with the risk of icy patches.