Unsettled weather and rain for much of weekend – Met Éireann

Following a relatively dry day today, weather conditions will turn more wet and blustery over much of the weekend with unsettled conditions set to continue through the week ahead, according to Met Éireann.

For today, any remaining patchy rain in the south will clear away early this morning, while scattered showers in the northwest will become more isolated as the day progresses, the national meteorological office says.

Elsewhere it will be mostly dry, with sunny spells and just isolated showers. Highest temperatures of just 10° to 13° are expected in a cool moderate to fresh northerly breeze.

Tonight will be largely dry with clear spells and just isolated showers. Lowest temperatures will drop to 3° to 7° in moderate north to northwest breezes.

Farming and field conditions

There will be little opportunity for drying from tomorrow afternoon through to Monday morning, with widespread heavy rain moving in. Spraying conditions will be poor.

Regarding field conditions, soils are generally near or at saturation, with very low soil moisture deficits.

Poorly drained soils are waterlogged across much of the country. With above normal rainfall totals expected this coming week, soils will remain at saturation.

Poor field tracking likely on poorly drained soils as they become even more waterlogged across the entire country.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning will be mainly dry with sunny spells for the most part; it will become cloudy early, however, in the east, Met Éireann notes.

During the afternoon scattered showers will develop in the west, while rain will develop in the northeast through the afternoon and become persistent in the north and northeast during the evening hours.

Highest temperatures of 9° to 13° are forecast in moderate to fresh northerly winds.

Tomorrow night will see rain in the east extend westward to affect much of the north and east of the country overnight.

It will be heavy at times with a risk of spot flooding. There will be a mix of dry spells and scattered showers elsewhere. Lowest temperatures will hold at 7° to 9° in moderate to fresh and gusty northwest winds, the meteorological office says.

Sunday

Sunday will start off wet in most areas with heavy and prolonged rain leading to a risk of localised flooding, according to Met Éireann.

Eastern parts will begin to clear during the morning; however, the rain will persist in the west. Highest temperatures of 11° to 15° are expected in moderate to fresh, gusty northwest winds.

Sunday night will see rain gradually ease overnight, becoming more showery in western parts.

It will remain mostly cloudy and dry in the east with just the risk of isolated showers. Lowest temperatures of 7° to 9° are forecast in mostly light to moderate northwesterly winds.