Originally Posted by M.T. Cranium
Periods of rain will become heavy by afternoon (west) and evening (east) with strong wind gusts, temperatures rising to about 10 C. Some wind gusts to 70 mph possible in Connacht and Donegal, 50-60 mph elsewhere. Rainfalls of 10-20 mms can be expected; any snow earlier should melt rapidly.
Looks like we are heading into a spell of very unsettled weather over the next few days. While wet and very windy in parts today, tomorrow and Friday brings a risk of even stronger winds which could gust to gale force 10 in some western and north-western coastal areas as a depression rapidly deepens as it passes between Ireland and Iceland tomorrow afternoon.
HIRLAM wind forecast for 3pm tomorrow afternoon:
Storm force winds close to the Donegal coast with gale to strong gale force winds along western coasts; further inland, strong winds can be expected gusting to gale force at times, especially in Connacht and Ulster.
Friday looks to be another very windy day as a strong to gale force SW flow develops ahead (confluent) of a slow moving cold front moving down from the north-west.
Fax chart for Friday noon:
Some heavy and persistant rain also as the day goes on.