Unsettled conditions to continue over bank holiday weekend

Weather conditions will remain unsettled with further showers and spells of rain over the coming bank holiday weekend, according to Met Éireann.

It will be dry and bright in the east this morning, Friday, July 31, but a band of rain is moving eastwards across the country, heavy and possibly thundery in places, with a risk of spot flooding, the national meteorological office says.

However, this will become more patchy when it arrives on the east coast this afternoon. Cooler, fresher conditions, with sunny spells and scattered showers will follow from the west.

Maximum temperatures of 17° to 23° are expected today, in light to moderate southerly winds, later veering southwest.

Tonight will see further scattered showers, which will become confined mainly to Atlantic coasts and eastern coasts, Met Éireann says.

Mainly dry conditions will develop elsewhere, with clear intervals. It will be cooler and less humid than recent nights with lowest temperatures of 9° to 12° degrees, in light to moderate westerly breezes.

Field conditions

Today will start off dry with high relative humidity. Drying conditions over the weekend and Monday will reduce moderate to poor at times in showers, but will be good otherwise, Met Éireann says.

There will be occasionally good opportunities for spraying during the weekend and Monday, it was added.

Regarding field conditions, soil moisture deficits are generally running at 30mm to 40mm in the south and southeast of the country. Elsewhere, soils are close to saturation or slightly drier.

Little change is expected over the coming week, the meteorological office says.


Tomorrow, Saturday, will be quite cool, with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, according to the national forecaster.

The showers will be mainly in Atlantic coastal areas in the early morning, but will become widespread during the day, some heavy.

Later in the afternoon and evening, showers will merge to give longer spells of rain in Connacht, Ulster and parts of north Leinster. Maximum temperatures will hold at 15° to 19° degrees with light to moderate west to southwest breezes.

Scattered showers will continue tomorrow night, merging into longer spells of rain with some heavy bursts, in the northeast, early in the night.

Lowest temperatures of 9° to 11° are expected, with light to moderate westerly breezes.


On Sunday there will be sunny spells and showers in most areas, with showers most widespread in northern areas, Met Éireann notes.

It will become cloudy in the southwest during the afternoon, however, with rain expected to affect south Munster later in the afternoon and into the evening.

Temperatures will be similar to the previous day with top temperatures of 15° to 19°, in mostly light west to southwest breezes.

Showers and rain in the northeast and southwest will clear early on Sunday night leaving dry conditions with clear spells.

Lowest temperatures of 7° to 10° are expected in light west to northwest breezes.


Most areas will stay dry on Monday with sunny spells during the morning, but it will turn increasingly cloudy as the day goes on.

There will be a few light showers in northern areas too. Highest temperatures of 15° to 19° are forecast with light west to northwest breezes.