Countrywide frost expected this weekend

Met Eireann is forecasting there will be widespread frost this weekend, namely on Saturday night, as temperatures drop amid clear skies.

Friday night will see showers will die out with long clear spells following, it says. However, rain will develop in the south and southeast later in the night. Winds will ease, becoming light and variable overnight. Mist or fog may form further inland. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees with a touch of frost away from south coasts.

Saturday will see rain in the southeast, which is expected to spread along the east coast on Saturday morning and will be heavy for a time. Elsewhere, the day will start mainly dry with some sunshine. Showers will arrive in the west during the day and some will spread further inland later. Highest temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees. Light variable or westerly winds.

Saturday night will see further showers in Atlantic coastal counties but it will be dry and clear elsewhere; with widespread frost and some fog patches.

Sunday is looking mainly dry, according to Met Eireann. It says that there will be sunny intervals and just isolated showers. Afternoon temperatures will be around 10 degrees in light to moderate breezes. Sunday night will start dry and cold with some frost possible over central and eastern parts, but in the west cloud and rain are likely to develop as the night goes on together with strengthening southerly winds, preventing any frost to develop.

The outlook for next week will see Monday being a wet day, with rain set to cross the country from the west, accompanied by fresh southerly winds. A clearance to sunny spells and scattered showers will follow later.

Unsettled conditions are set to persist through the rest of next week, with showers or longer outbreaks of rain in many places each day. However, some drier interludes will develop also.

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