By the time the weekend comes around we'll be a few days into the new Level 5 restrictions that will be keeping most of us in our homes for the next six weeks.
Still, it would be nice to get out and enjoy a little bit of fresh air on our 5km walks over the long weekend but it looks like the weather gods aren't playing ball. Met Éireann is forecasting a wet and windy weekend with 'heavy and prolonged showers' in the south on Saturday with a risk of thunder.
Sunday will be even worse as a 'vigorous area of low pressure is expected to become positioned south of Iceland on Sunday feeding a strong and gusty west or southwest air-flow over Ireland.' As well as that, 'current indications are that it will continue wet and windy for the beginning of next week.'
The experts predict that 'heavy rains overnight Monday will clear to showers Tuesday afternoon, but strong and at times possibly storm force winds will affect the Western and Southern coastal areas Tuesday and on into Wednesday, with further heavy rains expected in the West and North on Wednesday.'
Alan O'Reilly of Carlow Weather is backing this up with some added insight on Atlantic Storm Epsilon which he thinks will 'slowly strengthen over the next two days before turning Northeast and weakening.' He mentioned yesterday that 'the models also show a risk of the remnants of the system heading our way early next week.'
Tropical storm #Epsilon has formed in the Atlantic and the weather models show it developing into a Hurricane in the next few days. The models also show a risk of the remnants of the system heading our way early next week! pic.twitter.com/DM3vO5pBkZ
— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) October 20, 2020
We already had enough reason to stay at home but this just adds to it. A full outlook for the weekend's weather is available here. Stay safe out there.