Dominating low pressure this weekend set to bring mixed conditions
An area of low pressure this weekend is set to dominate, bringing mixed conditions with it, according to Met Eireann.
Today, Friday, is expected to be a mostly cloudy day. Some brief sunny spells are possible in a few places, especially during the morning.
Most places are likely to remain dry, but scattered outbreaks of rain will occur too – especially near west coasts during the afternoon and evening.
Clear spells are forecast to develop for a time tonight over eastern parts of the country, but cloud will gradually increase countrywide – with patchy rain and drizzle in the west and south-west spreading elsewhere.
Temperatures could drop to as low as 2º – with minimums occurring early in the night, rising later as cloud amounts increase.
Over the coming days there will be limited opportunities for both drying and spraying, according to Met Eireann.
At the moment soil moisture deficits are generally zero for well-drained soils, while poorly-drained soils are saturated; no great change is expected over the few days, it added.
Tomorrow, Saturday, is set to be mostly cloudy and misty with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle. The best of the drier and brighter weather is expected to be over Ulster.
Highs of 8º to 12º in light to moderate west or north-west breezes are forecast.
Temperatures are set to reach lows of between 2º and 4º in the north and north-east, with a touch of frost in inland parts. But values will increase to around 5º to 9º elsewhere, all in light and variable breezes.
It is thought that Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a little rain in places; temperatures will remain quite similar to the previous day. Sunday night will be frost free, Met Eireann explained.
Early indications suggest that Monday will be generally milder, with slightly above average temperatures signalled.
Cloudy, misty and damp conditions are expected to prevail with rain in places.