Those visiting Co. Laois for the final day of the National Ploughing Championships can expect the broken weather to continue.

Met Eireann has said that Thursday will be a breezy and showery day, with occasional sunny spells.

And for those in the west who stay at home, the showers are likely to be heavy at times, it says, especially in western and northern areas, with a risk of hail and thunder there.

The day will feel fresh and cool, with top temperatures just 12 to 15 C., in blustery westerly winds.


The outlook for Thursday night will see winds ease down according to Met Eireann and the showers will die out. Met Eireann says it will turn cold with lowest temperatures 4 to 8 degrees.

Friday, Met Eireann says, will be a generally dry day with a mixture of cloudy and sunny spells. Highest temperatures 13 to 16 degrees in light Westerly breezes decreasing calm in the evening. Friday night will be chilly with temperatures in the region of 4 to 8 degrees with some mist and fog patches forming.

Saturday will be mainly dry with sunny spells. Milder with temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees in moderate Southeasterly breezes.

A weak front may bring a little patchy rain or drizzle to Atlantic coastal fringes at times on Saturday night or Sunday, but otherwise it will continue fine and mild with sunny spells by day.