Daily forecasts from Boards.ie weather forum
Here's a new idea that is an expansion of what tends to happen on the forum whenever there is interesting weather ahead, a forecast forum where all can pitch in. My suggestion to get it started is as follows. Since I live eight time zones away and I am "up all night" in terms of your time zone, it is relatively easy for me to post a forecast at something like 0400 or before most people are up and about. Then other experienced weather followers on Boards.ie can update the forecasts they find as needed. It will be relatively informal, with perhaps more details than you'd expect from other sources, and you never know, perhaps glimpses of accuracy on rare occasions.
I hope three or four other of the usual suspects would like to collaborate and get into this. As it grows into a regular feature, it could attract more general forum users to drift into the weather forum and perhaps we'll encourage more people to join in.
So here goes the very first effort -- massive blizzard, oh sorry, that's left over from 2-3 February.
Forecast for Ireland, Monday 1st June, 2009
TODAY will continue to be warm and sunny in many parts of Ireland. The exceptions will be narrow coastal zones in the east and south where the steady E to SE breeze brings in colder marine air and perhaps some low cloud or fog. Also, there are some morning fog patches further inland that will quickly burn off in the warm sunshine. So by mid-day, look for mostly sunny skies in almost all parts of Ireland, just a few fog patches hugging the south or southeast coasts in places, and offshore from the west coast near some islands. For most people on land, highs will reach 22 to 26 C in bright sunshine, trending down to about 18 C a few kms inland from the south and east coasts, and 15 C right near the water in those areas.
In this regime, Dublin tends to straddle all three zones, so it will depend how far inland you are and how high up above sea level to escape the sea breeze cooling. The city centre should get some periods of fog early and some warm sunshine later and highs near 19 or 20 C. Further inland it could be 23 C.
TONIGHT will continue mostly clear and rather warm until well after midnight, so pleasant for evening activities, quite chilly for a brief period 0300-0600 around sunrise, when lows in some rural districts could fall to 5-7 C, closer to 10 C in the larger towns and cities, but then all inland parts of Ireland will be warming quickly in the early morning sunshine. Some shallow but in places dense fog will once again form in a few coastal and even inland locations, expect sudden changes in visibility on the roads in a few parts.
TUESDAY is looking fairly similar to TODAY, if perhaps the sea breezes make more of a run inland on a stronger gradient wind, chilling some places 5-10 kms inland a few degrees lower than today's highs. Otherwise, most people should notice little if any change from today. There is a very slight risk of one isolated thundershower forming well inland, very few would see this however.
WEDNESDAY is also looking fabulous for many as the warm ridge drifts further west and keeps Ireland under its influence while edging away from the UK. Their loss may be (our) gain as some of the warmest air available moves over Ireland, so it could even be a touch warmer than today for some. There may be a slightly greater risk of one or two isolated thundershowers at mid-afternoon. The fog and sea breezes will still be local issues near the south coast in particular.
THURSDAY and FRIDAY will bring a cooling trend with partly cloudy weather, more chill to the breeze from the northeast and highs closer to 18-20 C for most, with overnight readings close to 7 C. Showers may break out for a few places, and by Saturday some will have recorded a few millimetres, although other districts could remain dry to the weekend.
THE LONGER TERM OUTLOOK is generally for unsettled weather and some chance of a steadier rain before a more mobile westerly pattern develops.
Feel free to update or present alternative concepts ... and caveat emptor, I am but a humble scribe.