Cloudy and mixed conditions to dominate coming week

Weather conditions will be predominately cloudy and mixed over the coming week, with frequent spells of sometimes heavy showers.

It will be dry over the southern half of Ireland early this morning (Monday, November 30) with patches of mist and fog. Rain and drizzle over the northern half of the country will gradually move southwards, reaching southern areas early this afternoon.

Parts of south Munster will stay mainly dry. Highest temperatures today will be 9° to 11°, with moderate to fresh westerly winds.

Tonight, Munster and Connacht will be mostly cloudy with patchy drizzle, mist and fog, and with lowest temperatures of 5° to 9°. Much of Leinster and Ulster will be dry, with clear spells and some frost, and lowest temperatures of 0° to 4°.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, December 1) will be mostly cloudy, with a fair amount of dry weather and a little patchy drizzle. There will be some brighter intervals at times too. Highest temperatures will be 9° to 11° with light westerly or variable breezes.

Tuesday night will be mostly cloudy with rain and drizzle moving eastwards across the country. Lowest temperatures on Tuesday night should be 4° to 7° with light to moderate southwest breezes.

On Wednesday morning (December 2), rain and drizzle will clear eastwards. Sunny spells and showers will follow. Showers will develop over the western half of the country during the day. It will become colder, with afternoon temperatures of 5° to 8° and moderate to fresh westerly winds.

On Wednesday night, showers will continue and will extend further east, some heavy or of hail. Frost may develop in sheltered areas.

Thursday (December 3) will be cold with sunshine and heavy showers, some of hail and possible thundery and becoming increasingly wintry in the afternoon and evening. Highest temperatures should be 4° to 7° with moderate west to northwest winds.

On Thursday night, wintry showers will affect western coastal counties. Many areas will be dry with clear spells and a sharp frost with icy patches. Lowest temperatures will be -3° to +1°.

Friday (December 4) will continue cold with heavy showers or longer spells of rain moving southwards over the country. Some of the showers will be wintry with a risk of hail and thunder. It will also become windy with fresh to strong and very gusty north to northwest winds, strongest along west and north coasts.

Highest temperatures on Friday should be 4° to 7°. On Friday night, there will be further showers, but clear spells also and with frost in places. Lowest nighttime temperatures are expected to be -1° to +2° with northerly winds decreasing moderate to fresh.

Soils

In its most recent farming forecast, issued yesterday (Sunday, November 29), Met Éireann highlights that all soils are currently saturated or waterlogged.

There will be a very slight improvement at times during the week but with heavier rainfall towards the end of the week, by next week, soil conditions will have deteriorated slightly from their current conditions.