Goooooooood Morning, everybody! The weekend is almost upon us, and so it’s time for the weekend forecast. It will certainly be interesting from a meteorological point of view. Ireland is currently caught on the edge of two massive weather systems, one being a stubborn high pressure area over Europe, the other being a turbulent complex of low pressure systems out over the Atlantic. For the moment, the Atlantic storms can’t quite reach us yet, but given the increasing strength of high altitude wind systems (i.e. the jet stream), it is only a matter of time before that changes.
As for Friday, that day will continue like it started: Grey and unusually warm. The strong winds of last night have died down somewhat, but will make a comeback over lunchtime, with gale force winds and the occasional storm force gust very much on the cards. You can expect rain throughout the day, though it probably won’t amount to much more than a drizzle. It will stay warm throughout the day. The GFS model forecasts up to 13°C, but if my experience from yesterday is anything to go by, we’ll be looking at 14-15°C again. Nighttime lows will come in at around 8-9°C, so not too bad either.
Saturday will be slightly cooler. Daytime highs will be around 10-11°C, dropping to 5-6°C overnight. There won’t be much in the way of rain, that will remain well to the south over the Celtic Sea. Winds will be mostly calm as well, storm force winds being confined to the coasts of Donegal and Northern Ireland. Any cloud cover will most likely clear by early afternoon, giving way to quite a bit of sunshine, and a nice day indeed.
Sunday will be more of the same. For the most part. Daytime highs will come in at 8-9°C, dropping to 5°C at night. It will be dry for most of the day, although rain will move in in the evening. That’s when the winds will pick up, and swing around to south, as well. Maximum wind speeds will continue to be relatively low, though, no risk of storm force winds, as Cork will be at the tail end of a frontal system. As far as the outlook is concerned, next week looks pretty chaotic, so stay tuned.