Scattered showers forecast this weekend ahead of the Ploughing

A mixture of scattered showers and clear spells are forecast this weekend, according to Met Eireann, ahead of the National Ploughing Championships which get underway next week.

Today, Friday, will see showers in the west and northwest becoming more widespread for a time. However, most will be light and all will die out during the afternoon, with some late sunshine developing, the forecast says.

It says winds will be light to moderate, while temperatures will reach highs of between 15 to 18 degrees, around normal for mid-September.

Friday night is forecast to be mostly dry with some clear spells at first but cloud will increase from the west. It will be cooler than recent nights with lowest temperatures falling to around 7 to 10 degrees.

Saturday

Saturday looks set to be mostly dry with sunny spells in a light to moderate southwesterly breeze which will increase fresh off the northwest coast. Meanwhile, temperatures will reach highs of between 16 to 18 degrees.

Clouds are forecast to increase with rain along the west coast on Saturday night, with this rain gradually spreading eastwards later in the night and into Sunday morning.

Saturday night will be mild and humid with lowest temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees in a moderate southerly breeze, Met Eireann says.

Sunday

The rain on Sunday morning is forecast to clear eastwards to scattered showers with sunny spells during the afternoon, while temperatures will reach the high teens. Meanwhile, Sunday night will be mostly dry with some good clear spells.

Outlook

Monday is forecast to be mostly dry with just a few isolated showers but cloud will increase from the northwest with outbreaks of rain there likely later on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

September has been a warm month with record breaking daytime temperatures in places, while overall country mean-temperatures have been 0.6 to two degrees above average, according to Met Eireann.

The weather patterns for the next week suggest that the weather will be coming in from the Atlantic, Met Eireann says, meaning the weather will be both changeable and fresh ahead of the National Ploughing Championships.

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