Met Eireann weather forecast for the weekend
Met Éireann says temperatures are set to pick up in the second part of this week but the cold snap is set to return with biting gale force northerly winds.
The forecaster has revised earlier predictions that the cold weather would end by midweek with milder weather running into the following few days.
However, it now expects that Thursday and Friday will be the only milder days. Saturday will be especially cold with gale force polar winds sweeping down from the north.
Sunday will not be as bad but will remain cold.
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WEB FORECAST FROM MET ÉIREANN BELOW
THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY
Mostly cloudy today with scattered patches of drizzle or light rain - these mainly on hills and near coasts. Extensive hill mist. Becoming milder. Highest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees by evening.
TONIGHT - THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY
Tonight will be overcast but apart from scattered patches of drizzle or light rain, many areas will remain dry. Very mild, though with extensive mist and fog on coasts. Minimum temperatures 9 to 11 degrees, in moderate west winds.
TOMORROW - FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY
Tomorrow Friday will again be mostly cloudy. Most areas will have a dry day, but patchy drizzle and mist will affect Atlantic coastal areas. Highest temperatures 10 to 12 degrees in moderate west winds.
Outlook: Unsettled during the weekend and turning colder again.
Friday night will continue mainly dry with just patches of light rain and it will stay mild. It looks like rain will arrive on north and west coasts by Saturday morning and it will become breezy everywhere.
On Saturday rain will spread to all areas together with strong southwest winds. Blustery showers will follow later. Temperatures in the morning will be 9 or 10 degrees, but it will turn colder during the afternoon and evening with showers possibly turning wintry in the north.
Saturday night is looking windy and potentially very windy with showers of rain, hail and sleet in strong and gusty northwest winds with gales likely along the coast.
It looks like Sunday will start windy with ongoing strong and gusty northwest winds. Wintry showers will continue in the north and northwest but further south it will be mainly dry with sunny spells. Afternoon temperatures of just 4 to 7 degrees with and added wind chill. Winds are expected to moderate towards evening. On Sunday night winds will ease further and it will turn cold under clear skies with a widespread sharp frost and possibly ice on roads.
Current indications suggest next week will be cold and rather unsettled. There will be frosty nights and occasional wintry showers.