A 0008 update from Met Eireann Headline : Very unsettled weather for the rest of December and in the first week of the New Year. Wet and windy at times, but relatively mild.
Friday night : Extremely windy at first, with very strong southerly winds and with a risk of stormy conditions and damaging winds in coastal areas of the west and north. Rain will clear eastwards early in the night to scattered showers and winds will veer southwesterly and east a little.
Saturday 29th December : Cold and windy, with bright spells and showers, the showers most frequent in Munster, Connacht and west Ulster, with a risk of hail and thunder. Max. 6 to 9 Celsius, with strong and gusty SW'ly winds. Further scattered showers overnight and very cold, but too windy for any significant frost. Min.. 1 to 4 Celsius.
Sunday 30th December : A mainly dry morning, with just a few scattered showers and breezy, with fresh and gusty W to SW winds. More persistent rain will spread from the southwest in the afternoon and evening, with strong southerly winds.
Monday, New Year's Eve : Brightening up, with sunny spells developing. Scattered showers also, most of them in the west and north. Max. 6 to 9 C., in a fresh to strong westerly wind. Cold overnight, with some frost.
New Year's Day : Cold, bright and mostly dry, but more wet and windy weather will spread from the Atlantic later in the day and overnight.
Further Outlook : Changeable and very unsettled weather continuing.