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23rd Mar 2021

‘Biting windchill and heavy wintry showers’ to arrive in the coming days

James Fenton

Get that big coat out of the wardrobe again because temperatures in Ireland are set to plummet once more.

After a decent spell of weather, things are about to take a turn for the worse with low temperatures taking hold as the week progresses. Irish Twitter’s resident weather expert Alan O’Reilly (AKA Carlow Weather) has posted a reminder ‘that Friday will feel pretty cold in biting windchill and some heavy wintry showers.’ Not great news if you’re planning to to celebrate the end of the working week with a walk out in the Grand Stretch.

As for Met Éireann, here’s their official outlook for the days ahead…

SUMMARY: Unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain. Turning cold later in the week with some wintry precipitation possible.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: A mix of clear spells and scattered showers, most frequent in the west and northwest. Showers will turn to a more prolonged period of rain in the northwest later in the night. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees with light to moderate south to southwest winds.

THURSDAY: On Thursday there will be sunny spells and heavy, blustery showers of rain or hail. The showers will mainly affect the western half of the country during the morning but will become widespread as the day goes on. Rain will then develop in the west early in the evening. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees with moderate to fresh and gusty southwesterly winds.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Rain in the west will move eastwards across the country early on Thursday night and will be followed by scattered heavy showers of rain or hail. This will introduce a colder airmass over Ireland and temperatures will fall to between 0 and 3 degrees, so some showers may turn wintry, especially on higher ground. Breezy too with fresh and gusty southwesterly winds.

FRIDAY: Friday will be a cold and windy day with sunny spells and widespread heavy showers, some wintry with a risk of hail and thunder. Afternoon temperatures of just 3 to 7 degrees, and feeling colder with the added wind chill brought about by fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Widespread showers will continue early on Friday night, and again some showers will be wintry with a risk of hail and thunder. The showers will become less frequent and lighter overnight and will mainly affect the west and northwest. Westerly winds will be fresh to strong and gusty at first but will ease through the night. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees.

SATURDAY: On Saturday there will be scattered showers and some sunny spells. The showers will be most frequent in the west, with a good deal of dry weather further east. Southwesterly winds will be light to moderate during the morning but it will become breezy again through the afternoon. Highest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Saturday night will be windy with a band of rain moving eastwards across the country, becoming heavy at times. Lowest temperatures 4 to 8 degrees with fresh to strong southerly winds.

SUNDAY: It looks like a wet and breezy start to the day on Sunday, with rain clearing southeastwards to sunny spells and showers from the northwest and winds easing. Afternoon temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.

Hats and scarves at the ready. You can read more about what’s to come via this link.

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