Good morning everybody, and a special good morning to all those who just returned from the sunny southwestern states of the US. I guess it’s safe to say that the Irish weather is welcoming you home in style! 😉 It does looks as if today’s inclement weather, and another, albeit weaker, bad weather front tentatively scheduled for Thursday, will mark the end of the current period of turbulent weather, as high pressure areas over northern Sweden and the Azores become dominant and extend over Europe.
For the rest of Monday, though, we’ll be dealing with continued wet and windy weather. A nationwide Yellow weather alert is in operation, and will remain so until 8 PM tonight, although things should start to ease up here in Cork by the afternoon. It will become rather mild over lunchtime, with daytime highs of 11-12°C. Temperatures at night will drop right back into hot water bottle territory, with 3-4°C, lower temperatures around or below freezing are likely in rural areas. The worst of the rain is yet to come, from the looks of it, but it should have cleared Cork by 3-4PM today. The strong winds will ease off around that time as well, leading to a calm, cold night.
As for Tuesday, that day will be the calm after the storm. A few light showers might pass over, especially in the morning, but nothing major. Winds will turn to a northwesterly direction in the afternoon, and might freshen up a bit, but again, it doesn’t look like anything major. It will be another cold day, with daytime highs of around 7°C, and nighttime lows below 0°C.
Wednesday will start as cold as Tuesday ended, with the day’s lowest temperatures of between 0°C and -2°C occurring in the early morning hours. Daytime highs of 7-8°C will be reached around lunchtime and sustained until way into the night. A weak band of rain will move in during the evening, staying with us all through Thursday, as winds swing around to the south and freshen up to gale force at the same time. As for Thursday itself, it looks like a day to curl up in front of the fireplace.