Friday, 15 May, 2020
Forecasts for Ireland
TRENDS for the week of 15 to 21 May, 2020
-- Temperatures will average near normal to perhaps 1.0 deg above normal in some eastern and inland southern counties.
-- Rainfall will average about 25 per cent of normal in most places, to near 50 per cent in north and northwest.
-- Sunshine will average near normal, although possibly a bit below in the north due to more persistent cloud there.
TODAY will be mostly cloudy in the north, partly cloudy in central counties, and sunny with cloudy intervals in Munster and some nearby parts of south Leinster. There could be a few light sprinkles of rain across Ulster and north Connacht, north Leinster, amounts trace to 2 mm. Highs will range from 19 C in the inland south and southwest, to 14 C in Ulster.
TONIGHT will be partly to mostly cloudy with more frequent clear intervals in the south, lows 4 to 7 C.
SATURDAY will be similar to today in cloud cover, but any rain showers that do develop in the north could be a bit heavier in a few places. Highs once again 14 to 19 C in a similar pattern to today.
SUNDAY will be mostly cloudy in all areas and there will likely be some steady rain at times in Connacht, Ulster and some adjacent parts of Leinster. It could hold largely dry in Munster and south Leinster with a few brighter intervals. Highs 15 to 18 C.
MONDAY will see the cloud gradually breaking to more frequent sunny spells, and any remnant showers will likely end by afternoon across parts of the north. Turning a bit warmer with highs 18 to 21 C.
TUESDAY will be sunny, hazy and quite warm inland, with a risk of low cloud or sea fog near the south coast. Highs inland 20 to 23 C.
WEDNESDAY will start out dry and partly cloudy, then turn overcast with a band of showers becoming heavier towards the end of the day, highs 19 to 22 C.
The OUTLOOK calls for a somewhat cooler turn to the weather after that front moves through, with several days of partly to mostly cloudy weather and occasional showers. The trend for late May appears to be cooler still with more frequent showery frontal passages bringing a partial end to the dry spell. It should be emphasized that changes will be gradual and the ongoing dry spell would only end in stages and in some areas before others.
My local weather on Thursday (similar to the previous day which I think was left out yesterday) was overcast with the threat of showers rather constant, but very little rain actually fell here, despite an active radar showing some heavy downpours a few miles to our south and west. Highs both days were around 15 C. The cool spell seems to be ending over eastern regions with a return to more normal temperatures there.