Sunshine for the Electric Picnic? Met Éireann's latest weather forecast

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly


More sunshine and high temperatures on the way

Sunshine and mild weather in Laois this weekend.

Sunshine is on the Electric Picnic weather menu according to the latest Met Éireann forecast for the weekend but don't leave the wet gear at home because there'll be some rain about the festival venue in Laois.

The gates open to Ireland's biggest music festival on Thursday, September 30 this year in Stradbally and the early Picnic birds will arrive to sunshine according to Met Éireann.

"Thursday will be another fine and dry day in most areas and light winds. Cloud will vary generally, but sunny spells can be expected widely. A small chance of isolated showers developing," says the forecast.

Cloud will thicken in the southwest during the evening with patchy rain or drizzle there later as southerly breezes freshen. Highest temperatures 15 to 17 degrees.

Thursday night will be dry starting out, with light to moderate southeast winds and patches of mist early in the night. Light and patchy outbreaks of rain in the southwest will become a little more widespread through Munster and parts of Connacht overnight. Lowest temperatures 8 to 10 degrees.

It might be a good idea to get in early on Friday because there could be some patchy weather later.

"It'll be dry over Ulster and Leinster in the morning on Friday, with hazy sunshine. But cloudier conditions with rain in Munster and Connacht will extend across the country later in the afternoon and early evening. Highest temperatures 17 to 20 degrees, in moderate southerly winds. Patches of light rain, drizzle and fog will clear overnight. A humid night with lowest temperatures of 12 or 13 degrees".

Saturday looks like being the best day of the weekend. 

"Becoming largely dry for Saturday with any remaining rain and drizzle over parts of Leinster soon clearing. A mix of sunshine and cloud and just well scattered light showers. Highest temperatures 17 to 20 degrees, in light variable breezes. Misty overnight, with a little drizzle here and there, but mostly dry. Another close night with temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees. Towards morning the wind will freshen bringing patchy rain in to the southwest". 

On Sunday southwest winds will freshen bringing increasing cloud and outbreaks of rain eastwards over the country, clearing later. 

The current indications from Met Éireann for the early days of next week is for mostly, but not entirely, dry conditions with temperatures around normal for the time of year.