Friday, 5 April, 2019
Forecasts for Ireland
TRENDS for the WEEK AHEAD (5 to 11 April)
Temperatures will average about 1 degree below normal, and the average high will be about 12 C. There will be an upward trend through the weekend then slightly cooler again by about Tuesday.
Rainfall or melted wintry precip will average about 5 to 15 mm but some places will get less than that, southern and northern counties appear likely to see higher amounts than central counties.
Sunshine will average 4 hours a day, which is close to normal values for early April. This may range from 3 hours near the south coast and in parts of Ulster to 5 or 6 hours in some central counties.
Winds will generally be light to moderate and mainly from an easterly direction.
TODAY ... Isolated outbreaks of rain, sleet, hail or wet snow mostly confined to Munster and south Leinster with partly cloudy skies developing further north, except for some patchy rain or sleet in east Ulster. All areas of precipitation moving west during the day. Winds increasing to southeast 40 to 70 km/hr near exposed coasts. Highs 8 to 11 C depending on sunshine amounts. A few places could see about 10 mm rain or sleety mixed precipitation with some accumulations of a few centimeters of snow on hills. Despite the isolated wintry showers many places will have a more pleasant day than recently.
TONIGHT ... Some further rain or sleet redeveloping across parts of the south, heading west and pushing back out to sea tomorrow morning. Clear intervals further north, some scattered frosts. Lows -2 to +3 C.
SATURDAY ... Isolated showers but longer sunny intervals developing, moderate easterly breezes. Highs 11 to 14 C.
SUNDAY ... Partly cloudy, isolated showers possible. Lows -2 to +3 C and highs 10 to 13 C.
MONDAY ... Sunny intervals, highs 11 to 14 C.
TUESDAY ... Scattered showers, more cloud than previous days and a bit colder again, highs 9 to 12 C.
FURTHER OUTLOOK ... Partly to mostly cloudy mid-week, a few showers. Eventually turning a bit milder but there does seem to be a high potential for another very chilly episode around mid-month. Eventually there could be heavy falls of rain, sleet or even snow depending on details of how this evolves, and those might be elevation dependent or more of a regional contrast.
My local weather on Thursday was overcast with spots of rain but no more than trace amounts in total. We are going to stay rather cloudy here for several days with some heavier rain expected on the weekend.
Meanwhile, charts are showing a fairly powerful winter storm developing for the lower Great Lakes region by mid-week, so they are bracing for a return to wintry weather in places like Chicago, Detroit and Toronto to Montreal. It has been quite cold in that region for the past week.