And also thanks to those forum members who have provided assistance with this thread both directly by making forecasts when I have time away, and indirectly by their work on other threads of forecast interest, that I can follow and direct readers to follow. This may seem like a lone wolf operation but in many ways it has been a team effort and I appreciate it ...
Tuesday, 5 February, 2019
Forecasts for Ireland
TODAY ... Breezy and briefly milder with showery outbreaks of rain, sometimes heavy but not expected to amount to much more than 10 mm, with winds southwest 50 to 80 km/hr, highs 11 to 13 C. Turning colder in stages this evening as winds veer to westerly, further showers likely.
TONIGHT ... Breezy and turning rather cold after midnight, lows 1 to 3 C. A few more showers likely.
WEDNESDAY ... Breezy and cold with passing showers, some of them mixed wintry showers on higher ground. Longer intervals of rain likely by evening. Highs near 7 C.
THURSDAY ... Variable cloud, breezy, occasional light rain, lows near 1 C and highs near 7 C.
FRIDAY ... Very windy with rain, heavy at times. Winds southwest 50 to 80 km/hr becoming stronger by afternoon, 80 to 110 km/hr at least, watching this for possibly even stronger gusts. About 15 to 25 mm rain likely also. Highs near 10 C.
SATURDAY ... Winds becoming less forceful by morning, but continuing rather breezy all day, showers, highs near 9 C.
SUNDAY ... Breezy and turning colder again, further showers and some mixed wintry falls on higher ground in north, highs near 6 C.
OUTLOOK ... Next week appears likely to stay relatively mild despite some cold air lurking off to the east and possibly affecting parts of southern Britain at times. The flow will remain southerly (according to most guidance) and while the week could start with some light frosts the days will easily reach 9 or 10 C and perhaps a bit higher.
My local weather on Monday was sunny and bitterly cold, with the strong north wind gradually easing to more moderate levels, but still adding several degrees of chill to daytime highs of only about -8 C (about as cold as it gets here usually). Clear and -15 C outside now. We are locked into this cold spell for several weeks by the looks of the guidance, with another snow and wind event this coming weekend. It has become very mild in the eastern U.S. and southern Ontario, readings above 10 C to near 17 C.