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18-03-2020, 07:09   #5566
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TRENDS for the week of 18 to 24 March 2020

-- The week will be generally rather cold (2 deg below average), dry and with a near normal division of cloud and sunshine.

FORECASTS

TODAY will be partly cloudy in central counties, more overcast to the north and south, where two separate and weakening frontal bands will drop light rain at times. In the north it will be cold enough for this rain to turn to sleet or wet snow later in the day, that is not expected with the southern band which will weaken and fragment to a few showers. Eventually a few brighter intervals will appear in the south too. Highs generally in the range of 6 to 9 C but closer to 4 or 5 in some parts of Ulster.

TONIGHT will see partial clearing and frost will develop with lows -4 to +1 C.

THURSDAY will bring a mixture of cloud and sunshine, rather cold with east to northeast breezes. Some outbreaks of sleety light rain or mixed rain and snow could fall at times in Ulster. Highs 5 to 8 C.

FRIDAY will be a somewhat milder day after another frosty start, lows -4 to +1 C, highs 8 to 11 C mildest in Atlantic coastal counties. There should be some sunshine at times in most regions.

SATURDAY will be rather cloudy with areas of rain brushing the southwest coasts, possibly making some inroads further into Munster around the afternoon, but it may stay dry elsewhere, if rather overcast. Lows near 2 C and highs 5 to 9 C.

SUNDAY will be partly cloudy and a bit milder again, highs 10 to 12 C.

MONDAY should turn even milder in a weak southerly flow, some rain may brush the west and north coasts, highs 12 to 15 C.

Then the OUTLOOK for next week calls for a partial reloading of the cold high pressure but it may be a rather subtle change and with the growing power of the sun, highs may not fall much below 10 C as the slightly cooler northeast winds set in.

My local weather remained mostly clear and reasonably mild in the daytime (5-8 C) but quite cold at night (-5 to -8 C). If you get a clear evening, you can easily spot Venus very bright in the southwest after sunset. Meanwhile, Jupiter and Saturn are starting their big show for later this year, with the pre-dawn hours the only time they can be seen presently. Mars is also in the general vicinity in the pre-dawn skies. By this summer Jupiter and Saturn will be closing in on a very close conjunction (as seen from earth, they never actually get any closer than we are to Jupiter). That will be visible in midnight skies by around May and in the evening skies by the summer months. Faster moving Mars pulls away and won't be all that close by the main event, rising late in the evening by summer. As this event draws closer, I will post more details about when the closest conjunction takes place. But you can estimate it will be around late autumn, because we pass Jupiter on the inside track around July 14 and Saturn around July 20 of this year. With Jupiter moving faster in its orbit than Saturn, it won't take long for them to reach the same vector (allowing for the fact we have moved on a bit, their closest to a "sun-centered" conjunction will be a few days before we observe it from earth).
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19-03-2020, 07:24   #5567
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TRENDS for the week of 19 to 25 March, 2020

-- Temperatures will average 2 deg below normal (which at this point would be 11-12 C daytime, 3-5 C overnight).
-- Rainfall will average as little as 10 to 25 per cent of normal in most places, but could approach 50 per cent in west Munster.
-- Sunshine will average near normal values, about 3.5 to 4 hours a day.


FORECASTS

TODAY will start out frosty in some parts of the midlands, with sunny intervals for most areas and some patchy cloud. There will be isolated and rather brief wintry showers in a few parts of Ulster and north Connacht, and some could appear from time to time near the Wicklow coast later on as they form over the Irish Sea. Highs around 6 to 9 C.

TONIGHT will be clear to partly cloudy and cold with frosts likely, lows -4 to +1 C.

FRIDAY will be sunny with cloudy intervals, rather chilly in eastern counties as east to northeast breezes reach shore, warming slightly further inland to the west coast. Highs 8 to 13 C mildest in Atlantic coastal counties.

SATURDAY will be rather cloudy with areas of rain brushing the southwest coasts, possibly making some inroads further into Munster and western Connacht towards Donegal around the afternoon, but it may stay dry elsewhere, if rather overcast. Lows -1 to +2 C, and highs 5 to 9 C.

SUNDAY will be partly cloudy and a bit milder again, highs 10 to 12 C.

MONDAY should turn even milder in a weak southerly flow, some rain may brush the west and north coasts, highs 12 to 15 C.

TUESDAY will see outbreaks of light rain and a slightly cooler trend with highs 10 to 14 C.

The OUTLOOK for mid-week and beyond is for another interval of fair weather and rather cool temperatures to reload in a similar way to the current spell, with perhaps slightly higher temperatures in general mainly due to the seasonal warming trend rather than any structural differences in the two air masses. That cool spell will also probably yield gradually to temperatures closer to average by about the end of March and early April.

My local weather on Wednesday was sunny and reasonably mild with highs around 8 C. Still clear out tonight (until you change your clocks, I am only seven hours behind since we went to daylight time last weekend). People who follow the climate change thread will be glad to learn that I do have a sidereal time indicator beside me and a direct line to the Royal Academy of Science. (mystified? it was a joke)
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20-03-2020, 07:15   #5568
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Trends for the week of 20 to 26 March, 2020

-- Temperatures will average 1 to 2 deg below normal values.
-- Rainfall will average 25 to 50 per cent of normal values.
-- Sunshine will average near or slightly above normal values.


FORECASTS

TODAY will be cool but pleasant after the morning chill fades. A persistent east to northeast wind may feel rather cold near the Irish Sea coastline, temperatures will be just slightly cooler (if at all) but with a less noticeable breeze further inland and on the west coast, it will feel more pleasant. Highs around 9 C east to 12 C west.

TONIGHT will see more cloud than recent nights especially in the south, central and western counties, and this will keep temperatures above freezing there (lows 3 to 6 C). It could still get a bit frosty in parts of Ulster, northeast Connacht and north Leinster with lows there about -2 C.

SATURDAY will become overcast for most areas, although the sun could break through at times. Rain will be massing off the south coast and moving past Kerry where it could come inland for a time, then up the west coast. Not absolutely certain to rain in many areas but could produce a few intervals of light rain or drizzle, measurable amounts more likely on outer headlands and the Kerry peninsulas. Rather chilly and raw as winds will increase somewhat without bringing in any milder air, highs still 6 to 9 C for most, but feeling colder than today for many areas.

SUNDAY will be back to a more tranquil phase of this blocking pattern (and hurray for it, nobody needs any rain at this point, would suspect), with morning lows around freezing as cloud breaks just before sunrise, then daytime highs under partly cloudy skies near 10 C.

MONDAY will be even milder as more of a south to southwest flow develops, still partly cloudy for most, cloud and light rain possible in some parts of Mayo and Donegal. Highs around 12 to 15 C.

TUESDAY now expected to see little change as fronts are slowing down, so partly cloudy and around 13 C with rain later in the day for some western and northern counties.

WEDNESDAY to FRIDAY look complicated -- the flow goes back to easterly and some disturbances form attempting to produce steady rain but they may remain a bit offshore to the south. Can't really get too specific this far out on how this will actually pan out, could be just a continuation of the dry and near normal temperatures theme, or could be somewhat more unsettled than that.

My local weather was once again sunny and pleasant with a high of 10 C. It would be great weather to sit on a patio but ... either they are closed, or covered in the winter's snow if in the shade. We have lost perhaps half our snow cover this last week, but in shady or wooded areas there is still a fairly robust snow pack of 30-50 cms. South facing slopes are bare and even showing some signs of early spring, while north facing slopes are still snow covered.

Apparently spring has already begun in astronomical terms, the fact that 2000 was a leap year (unlike three quarters of years that end in 00) has the effect of bringing dates earlier in the following century and they get particularly early in leap years (because today would be March 21st in a non-leap year). So spring officially arrived at 0349h UT (the time currently on clocks in Ireland) and every four years it arrives about a half hour earlier. Later this century, there will be leap years with spring equinox dates of March 19th in UT (we have had one here in our time zone due to the seven hour time difference each leap year since about 1992). This is why three leap years have to be cancelled every four hundred years, to keep jogging the slow forward drift of the calendar back to a reset position.
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TRENDS for the week of 21 to 27 March

-- Temperatures will average 1 to 2 deg below normal values, coldest near end of the interval.
-- Rainfall will average near or less than half of normal values.
-- Sunshine will average 75 to 100 per cent of normal.


FORECASTS

TODAY will be overcast, rather chilly and feeling raw with the moderate east-southeast winds and some drizzle or light rain, more prevalent in Atlantic coastal counties and western parts of the midlands. Highs 7 to 10 C. Winds east-southeast 40 to 60 km/hr.

TONIGHT will continue mostly cloudy with patchy drizzle ending after midnight, still a bit breezy although settling to near calm by morning, and lows 2 to 5 C.

SUNDAY will bring a mixture of cloud and sunshine, still feeling a bit cool but a bit improved over today, with highs 10 to 12 C.

MONDAY will be partly cloudy and mild with southerly breezes and highs near 13 C.

TUESDAY will continue partly cloudy and mild with a slow-moving band of rain edging into western counties but making little further progress east. Highs near 14 C.

WEDNESDAY will see that rain starting to move a bit faster to the east although tending to dissipate gradually in amounts as it reaches Leinster and east Munster. Continued rather mild ahead of the rain (near 13 C) and turning slightly cooler in the west as winds turn more northerly there (to around 9 C).

THURSDAY will be cloudy and colder with northerly breezes and highs near 8 C.

The OUTLOOK is looking rather cold, remnants of a powerful cold outbreak into central Europe will drift west, and be joined by a fresh surge of polar air moving directly into the region from the north. The last few days of the month could turn rather wintry depending on how organized this is. Some mixed wintry precipitation shows up on maps towards the last day of March and into early April.

My local weather continued sunny and mild with highs near 11 C, clear at night bringing sub-freezing temperatures.
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22-03-2020, 08:14   #5570
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TRENDS for the week of 22 to 28 March

-- Temperatures will average 1 to 2 deg below normal values, coldest near end of the interval.
-- Rainfall will average near or less than half of normal values.
-- Sunshine will average 25 to 50 per cent above normal.


FORECASTS

TODAY will bring a mixture of cloud and sunshine, with longer sunny intervals in central and eastern counties, and still feeling a bit cool but with relatively light breezes for most places, feeling warmer than yesterday with highs 10 to 12 C.

TONIGHT will be mostly clear with scattered frost inland, lows -3 to +2 C.

MONDAY will be partly cloudy and mild with southerly breezes and highs near 13 C. Once again, more chance of cloud near the west coast.

TUESDAY will continue partly cloudy and mild with a slow-moving band of rain edging into western counties but making little further progress east. Highs near 14 C.

WEDNESDAY will see that rain starting to move a bit faster to the east although tending to dissipate gradually in amounts as it reaches Leinster and east Munster. Continued rather mild ahead of the rain (near 13 C) and turning slightly cooler in the west as winds turn more northerly there (to around 9 C).

THURSDAY will be partly cloudy and colder with northerly breezes and highs near 8 C.

FRIDAY will be windy and cold with a risk of wintry showers in parts of the north and east. Highs only 5 to 8 C.

The OUTLOOK calls for this colder spell to continue for several days, then a slow warming trend again with readings back into the mid-teens by the end of the week of 30th March to 3rd of April and into the weekend of 4th-5th April.

My local weather continued sunny and even milder with highs near 14 C, clear at night bringing sub-freezing temperatures. Saturday was the first day since last autumn that I ventured out of the house without a jacket. Things continue very quiet here on both the COVID-19 and business fronts, which is at least partly good news.
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23-03-2020, 08:02   #5571
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TRENDS for the week of 23 to 29 March, 2020

-- Temperatures will average 2 to 3 deg below normal (the first 2-3 days near normal, then 4-6 below).
-- Rainfall will average about 25% of normal, except for patchy 50-75 per cent returns in west Mayo and Donegal.
-- Sunshine will average near normal values.


FORECASTS

TODAY will be partly cloudy and mild with southerly breezes and highs near 13 C. Cloud will be thicker near the west coast producing a bit of light rain at times in west Mayo and Donegal and occasionally a bit further south and east but it should stay dry in the eastern half of the country and near the south coast.

TONIGHT will be overcast and mild with lows of 4 to 7 C.

TUESDAY will continue partly cloudy and mild with a slow-moving band of rain edging into western counties but making little further progress east. Highs near 14 C.

WEDNESDAY will see that rain starting to move a bit faster to the east although tending to dissipate gradually in amounts as it reaches Leinster and east Munster. Continued rather mild ahead of the rain (near 13 C) and turning slightly cooler in the west as winds turn more northerly there (to around 9 C).

THURSDAY will be partly cloudy and colder with northerly breezes and lows near 2 C, highs near 8 C.

FRIDAY will be windy and cold with a risk of wintry showers in parts of the north and east as winds become northeast 40 to 60 km/hr. Highs only 5 to 8 C with slight frosts returning.

The OUTLOOK for next weekend is for this cold spell to continue but then to be followed by a gradual return to more seasonable temperatures by about the middle of next week (1-3 April).

My local weather featured an increase in cloud and temperatures near 10 C.
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TRENDS for the week of 23 to 29 March, 2020

-- Temperatures will average 2 to 3 deg below normal (the first 2-3 days near normal, then 4-6 below).
-- Rainfall will average about 25% of normal, except for patchy 50-75 per cent returns in west Mayo and Donegal.
-- Sunshine will average near normal values.


FORECASTS

TODAY will be partly cloudy and mild with southerly breezes and highs near 13 C. Cloud will be thicker near the west coast producing a bit of light rain at times in west Mayo and Donegal and occasionally a bit further south and east but it should stay dry in the eastern half of the country and near the south coast.

TONIGHT will be overcast and mild with lows of 4 to 7 C.

TUESDAY will continue partly cloudy and mild with a slow-moving band of rain edging into western counties but making little further progress east. Highs near 14 C.

WEDNESDAY will see that rain starting to move a bit faster to the east although tending to dissipate gradually in amounts as it reaches Leinster and east Munster. Continued rather mild ahead of the rain (near 13 C) and turning slightly cooler in the west as winds turn more northerly there (to around 9 C).

THURSDAY will be partly cloudy and colder with northerly breezes and lows near 2 C, highs near 8 C.

FRIDAY will be windy and cold with a risk of wintry showers in parts of the north and east as winds become northeast 40 to 60 km/hr. Highs only 5 to 8 C with slight frosts returning.

The OUTLOOK for next weekend is for this cold spell to continue but then to be followed by a gradual return to more seasonable temperatures by about the middle of next week (1-3 April).

My local weather featured an increase in cloud and temperatures near 10 C.
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TRENDS for the week of 24 to 30 March 2020

-- Temperatures will average 2 to 3 deg below normal values.
-- Rainfall will average 25 to 50 per cent of normal (and possibly less in the southeast).
-- Sunshine will average near to slightly above normal values.

TODAY will continue rather mild with mostly cloudy skies and some rain at times in Connacht and west Ulster, making quite slow progress to the east, perhaps 5 mm in some places. Highs 12 to 15 C.

TONIGHT will stay overcast and mild for most, as the rain becomes rather light and sporadic where it continues to fall, which by that time will be east Ulster into north Leinster and parts of eastern Connacht. Lows 4 to 7 C.

WEDNESDAY will see the rain fragmenting more to showers or outbreaks of drizzle but it will start to turn colder behind the slowly advancing front. Temperatures will continue in the 11-13 C range in the east and some parts of the south, but will fall off a few degrees to 8-10 C in the west, and 6-8 C in the north, with skies slowly clearing near the west coast.

THURSDAY will be considerably colder in all areas with the remnants of any rain or drizzle pushed off to the south in the morning. Some clearing may follow. Morning lows near 2 C west, 5 to 7 C east and south, but afternoon highs only near 8 C.

FRIDAY and SATURDAY will be quite cold in a northeast wind flow of about 40-60 km/hr. Skies could be sunny at times especially over the further west counties and parts of the midlands, more cloud likely to flow in from the Irish Sea in Leinster and parts of Ulster. One or two wintry showers could develop, especially by Saturday when a bit of an upper level disturbance rotates around the high off to the north. This may be more of a factor in Britain than Ireland however. Highs both days around 7 C and morning lows around -1 C, possibly colder in a few well sheltered inland valleys.

The OUTLOOK beyond this coldest interval is for a very gradual warming trend back to more normal (by then) early April temperatures of about 12-14 C in the daytime. This may take a few days of incremental temperature increases from Monday to midweek though, as the pattern will be almost grinding to a halt for a while. Still, the warming power of the sun at this stage should help get temperatures back in a good direction even if nothing else changes.

My local weather on Monday was cloudy and a lot colder than the past week, in fact it snowed several times, briefly, but left no new accumulations of snow as temperatures were near 5 C during the intervals between the snow showers.
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TRENDS for the week of 25 to 31 March 2020

-- Temperatures will average 2 to 3 deg below normal (about 5 deg below normal by this coming weekend).
-- Rainfall will average only 25% of normal, and that only if a somewhat uncertain outcome around Monday-Tuesday next week verifies.
-- Sunshine will average near normal values.

FORECASTS

TODAY will be another rather mild day in most areas, with some brighter intervals developing, as cloud may decrease for a while -- the weak frontal band in the north and west has almost lost all of its energy and moisture now, so just a few sporadic intervals of drizzle or light rain may follow. Highs 13-15 C in most areas, 10-12 C in parts of the west and north.

TONIGHT will continue mild in the south and east with cloud and lows near 5 C. There will be some spotty light rain in the north and west and lows of 3 or 4 C.

THURSDAY will see somewhat colder air filtering in from the northeast, but the main push of cold air will be delayed to Friday. Relatively mild conditions may persist in the south central counties, with the slightly cooler conditions making slow progress down the east coast and across the midlands towards Clare and Galway. Temperatures will be in the range of 8 to 12 C from north to south. There could be spotty light rain in some north central counties but it will be generally dry elsewhere, if rather overcast.

FRIDAY will become sharply colder in a moderate northeast wind. Sunny with cloudy intervals, and lows near 2 C, highs near 8 C.

SATURDAY will be windy and cold with a slight risk of wintry showers. It appears that eastern Britain will absorb most of the available moisture for local snow or sleet showers, and by the time the winds reach Ireland, they will have dried out and would have to rely on picking up moisture from the Irish Sea, but the dynamics appear rather weak, so it will be just the odd isolated snow or sleet shower possibly reaching Wicklow or Dublin. Otherwise it will be a cold but dry day, morning lows near -2 C and afternoon highs near 6 C. Northeast winds of 40 to 60 km/hr are likely. We'll monitor this closely because it could eventually change to a more wintry outlook.

SUNDAY will continue quite breezy and cold with temperatures similar to Saturday, possibly a bit more cloud in the mix.

The OUTLOOK is for the week to start on the cold side, but by TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY a brief warming will take place with a frontal system cutting into the higher pressure from the west and allowing temperatures back up to near 10 C, with a bit of light rain, then an even colder outbreak is possible from the north, lasting several days towards the weekend of 4-5 April.

My local weather on Tuesday was overcast with occasional light snow that melted on contact with the ground. Temperatures were only around 2 degrees.
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TRENDS for the week of 26 March to 1 April 2020

-- Temperatures will average about 2 deg below normal, with the coldest values this weekend.
-- Rainfall will average close to zero for most places and 10% of normal seems about the most that anywhere might see.
-- Sunshine will average 25 to 50 per cent above normal.

FORECASTS

TODAY will turn slightly cooler in some northern counties, and this trend will reach central counties after mid-day while waiting for tomorrow to enter the southern counties. Skies will become a mixture of sunny breaks and patchy low cloud drifting south in association with a weak front, and there could be a few spots of drizzle with that but no accumulations expected. Highs 14 to 16 C in the south (inland) and 12 to 14 in central counties, 10 C in the north.

TONIGHT will see partly cloudy skies and a colder feel as northeast winds pick up to 30 km/hr. Lows will reach -1 to +3 C.

FRIDAY will be sunny with cloudy intervals, except mostly cloudy in a few parts of Ulster and north Leinster. It will be a few degrees cooler with highs near 8 C in the north, 11 C central and 13 C south. Winds northeast 40 to 60 km/hr by mid-day and afternoon.

SATURDAY will be breezy and cold, northeast winds 50 to 70 km/hr, and a mixture of sunshine and patchy low cloud drifting southwest mainly over Leinster and parts of the midlands, also in northwest Mayo and Donegal. Morning lows -2 to +2 C and afternoon highs 7 to 9 C.

SUNDAY will be breezy and cold with isolated wintry showers possible, otherwise pretty similar to Saturday including the temperature range and sky conditions.

MONDAY will continue dry and cool with a mixture of cloud and sunshine, perhaps sharper frosts due to lighter winds again, lows -4 to +1 C and highs around 8 to 10 C.

This cool, dry interval will slowly become more cloudy and closer to seasonal averages in temperature by about Thursday (2nd of April) but then another colder spell will begin as winds turn back to the north. This next cold spell may be the last in the series and it should give way to some pleasant warmth towards Easter weekend.

My local weather was partly cloudy and highs reached about 7 C, just about normal for here in late March (10-12 C would be normal at lower elevations).
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TRENDS for the week of 27 March to 2 April, 2020

-- Temperatures will average about 2 deg below normal, turning quite cold by the weekend.
-- Rainfall will average near zero for most places.
-- Sunshine will average 25 to 50 per cent above normal.


FORECASTS

TODAY will continue the very slow cooling trend at least in most of the country, a few places in the inland south may remain rather mild for one more day. There will be a mix of sunny intervals and patchy low cloud, which may be more prevalent in some northern and western counties. Northeast breezes will become fresh and moderate by afternoon. Highs 9 to 12 C for most, 13 or 14 C is possible in a few sheltered spots (inland southeast being favoured).

TONIGHT will be partly cloudy to clear, and rather cold. Lows will drop to about 2 C.

SATURDAY will become colder with northeast breezes of 40 to 70 km/hr adding to the chill factor, and highs will only recover a few degrees to around 7 or 8 C. Skies will be partly cloudy with about equal amounts of sunshine and cloud.

SUNDAY will also be breezy and cold but with a slight chance of morning wintry showers around the east coast. The morning may produce a bit of frost in sheltered inland locations, but with a fresh northeast to north wind there may be little frost in general even if temperatures drop a bit below zero. Lows around -2 C are possible. There may be a slight recovery in daytime temperatures in the western counties which could reach about 9 or 10 C. Elsewhere it will be closer to 7 C.

MONDAY will become cloudy with just occasional sunny breaks, but should remain dry. Lows near -2 C and highs near 9 C.

TUESDAY will be partly cloudy, and some isolated outbreaks of light rain may reach parts of Ulster, but otherwise it should remain dry elsewhere. Lows near 2 C and highs near 10 C.

The OUTLOOK for later in the week is little changed with a slight warming to about Thursday followed by another surge of colder air from a northerly source, then in the longer term it should get back to more seasonable early April type weather with a return to rain at times the price to pay for milder temperatures.

My local weather on Thursday was partly cloudy with highs near 8 C. There's a bit of a late winter storm forming over the plains states heading for the upper Great Lakes region and very warm temperatures have moved into the south central states and are headed towards the east coast of the U.S., with rain and thunderstorms likely with that.
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TRENDS for the week of 28 March to 3 April, 2020

-- Temperatures will average 1 to 2 deg below normal values.
-- Rainfall will average close to zero in most places.
-- Sunshine will be near normal to 25 per cent above in parts of the west and south.

FORECASTS

TODAY will be rather cold with a moderate east to northeast breeze, and a mixture of cloud and sunshine, with more chance for sunshine further west as the source of most of the cloud is either the Irish Sea, or leftover cloud that formed over the North Sea and remained intact after crossing Britain where one or two wintry showers could fall. It would be quite an isolated event if that also happened in any part of eastern Ireland. Highs about 8 to 10 C.

TONIGHT will be partly cloudy with longer clear intervals further west and in parts of the inland south, so frost might be a bit more likely there with lows in the range -2 to +3 C.

SUNDAY will be similar to today but could have a bit less cloud around, and perhaps a larger spread in temperatures from a chilly east (near 7 or 8 C) to a milder west (11 or 12 C).

MONDAY will be partly cloudy with morning frosts in some places, lows -2 to +3 C, and highs 9 to 12 C. Winds will drop off to a more light and variable pattern as this will be the closest approach of high pressure that is slowly sinking south to the west of Ireland. This will cut off the northeast flow and replace it with light north to northwest winds, then eventually later in the week, westerly winds.

TUESDAY to THURSDAY will remain fairly similar, some colder air that was trying to get south now appears more likely to get pushed east when it reaches Scotland mid-week, so other than a gradual increase in westerly breezes, and some fairly extensive cloud in the north, the weather will stay rather cool and dry, with temperatures edging back towards more seasonable readings, possibly around 12-14 C by Thursday.

The OUTLOOK calls for this settled pattern to break down gradually around the weekend of 4th-5th to southeast winds, cloud and some rain with temperatures staying around 12 C. Eventually it may become rather windy and showery with temperatures edging up to perhaps 14 C.

My local weather on Friday was cloudy and cold; highs were only about 4 C. The winter snow pack is starting to shrink gradually in this vicinity, but areas that were not plowed at any point still have over 30 cms on the ground, while the local valleys are now mainly snow-free. It has been an unusually dry March with cold nights and near average days here, so not much sign of spring yet.
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TRENDS for the week of 29 March to 4 April 2020

-- Temperatures will average 1 to 2 deg below normal values.
-- Rainfall will average 10 to 25 per cent of normal.
-- Sunshine will average near normal values.

FORECASTS

TODAY will be cold with a moderate east to northeast breeze 50 to 70 km/hr, and a mixture of cloud and sunshine, with more chance for sunshine further west as the source of most of the cloud is either the Irish Sea, or leftover cloud that formed over the North Sea and remained intact after crossing Britain where one or two wintry showers could fall. Some isolated wintry showers (hail more likely than snow) could develop in parts of north Leinster and east Ulster. Highs about 8 to 11 C with the warmer readings likely to be in west Munster and coastal Connacht.

TONIGHT will be partly cloudy with longer clear intervals further west and in parts of the inland south, so frost might be a bit more likely there with lows in the range -2 to +3 C.

MONDAY will be partly cloudy with morning frosts in some places, lows -2 to +3 C, and highs 9 to 12 C. Winds will drop off to a more light and variable pattern as this will be the closest approach of high pressure that is slowly sinking south to the west of Ireland. This will cut off the northeast flow and replace it with light north to northwest winds, then eventually later in the week, westerly winds.

TUESDAY to THURSDAY will remain fairly similar, some colder air that was trying to get south will perhaps give east Ulster a glancing blow as it turns east over Scotland mid-week, so other than a gradual increase in westerly breezes, and some fairly extensive cloud in the north, the weather will stay rather cool and dry, with temperatures edging back towards more seasonable readings, possibly around 12-14 C by Thursday.

The OUTLOOK calls for this settled pattern to break down gradually around the weekend of 4th-5th to southeast winds, cloud and some rain with temperatures staying around 12 C. Eventually it may become rather windy and showery with temperatures edging up to perhaps 14 C.

My local weather on Saturday was overcast with a bit of sleet that left no accumulation, quite cold with highs only around 3 C.
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30-03-2020, 06:49   #5579
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TRENDS for the week of 30 March to 5 April, 2020

-- Temperatures will average 1 to 2 deg below normal values.
-- Rainfall will average around 25 per cent of normal values.
-- Sunshine will average near or slightly less than average.

FORECASTS

TODAY will be cool but with less of a breeze, so in some sheltered spots it may feel a bit warmer. There will be considerable cloud in eastern counties, thinning out to partly cloudy skies central and sunny at times near the west coast. Highs will reach 10 C.

TONIGHT will be partly cloudy, any clear intervals in the south may be frosty in a few spots. Lows -1 to +4 C.

TUESDAY will be partly cloudy, mostly dry, but with some light and isolated showers near the north coast. Highs 10 to 12 C.

WEDNESDAY will be cloudy with a few brighter intervals, lows near 2 C and highs near 11 C. Some rain at times in Ulster and northern coastal districts of Connacht.

THURSDAY will be mostly cloudy with showers becoming a bit more widespread in the north and sometimes reaching central counties, in a moderate westerly breeze of 40 to 60 km/hr. Lows near 4 C and highs near 12 C.

FRIDAY and SATURDAY will be overcast and a bit milder with occasional rain and highs near 14 C.

The outlook calls for a gradual warming trend next week with temperatures perhaps as high as 16 C by mid-week, and while there will likely be some rain, it won't be too heavy and some days may remain dry.

My local weather on Sunday was cold with outbreaks of light snow passing through, highs only about 3 C.
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TRENDS for the week of 31 March to 6 April 2020

-- Temperatures will average near normal values with a rising trend.
-- Rainfall will average 50 to 75 per cent of normal, mostly towards end of the interval.
-- Sunshine will average 75 per cent of normal values.


FORECASTS

TODAY will be partly cloudy, mostly dry, but with some light and isolated showers near the north coast. Highs 10 to 12 C.

TONIGHT will be rather cloudy with lows 2 to 5 C.

WEDNESDAY will be cloudy with a few brighter intervals, lows near 2 C and highs near 11 C. Some rain at times in Ulster and northern coastal districts of Connacht.

THURSDAY will be mostly cloudy with showers becoming a bit more widespread in the north and sometimes reaching central counties, in a moderate westerly breeze of 40 to 60 km/hr. Lows near 4 C and highs near 12 C.

FRIDAY will also be mostly cloudy with a few outbreaks of light rain, more persistent in western coastal areas. Lows near 7 C and highs near 14 C.

SATURDAY will be mild with occasional rain and highs near 15 C.

SUNDAY will be breezy and mild with rain, possibly heavy towards the end of the day. Highs near 16 C.

OUTLOOK for next week ... after a slight fall in temperature on Monday, there will be more mild days during the mid-week period and probably a bit more rain at times. This should promote a fairly steady evolution of spring vegetation cycles going into the Easter weekend.

My local weather on Monday was quite changeable (as seen out the window) with passing showers of rain and snow pellets, highs around 4 C.
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