Weekend Weather Forecast – March 31st – April 2nd

Good Morning, everyone. The weekend is almost upon us, and not a minute too soon, if you ask me. Unfortunately, it won’t be a universally great weekend, as indications are now that there will be periods of light rain on Saturday, due to a weakening low pressure system over Ireland. Next week doesn’t look too good either, both from a rain and a temperature point of view. All predictions are according to the UK HIRLAM weather model. I hope that turns out to be more accurate than GFS was for the last few weeks.

As for Friday, we’re looking at a pretty miserable, rainy day, especially during the first half of the day. A band of heavy rain is currently moving across Cork, and a few more are going to follow throughout the day. It will be relatively mild, with daytime highs of 13-14°C, although that will be of little comfort if you’re soaked to the bone. Nighttime lows will come in at around 6-7°C, all in light to moderate southerly winds.

Saturday will start off dry, although an area of light rain will move in pretty quickly once the sun rises. We’re talking about really light rain here, most likely light drizzle, if at all that. However, this low level precipitation will probably stay with us throughout the day. It won’t be quite as warm, with daytime highs of 12-13°C in a cool southerly breeze. Nighttime lows will drop down to 2°C, so expect a chilly night.

Sunday looks like the best day of the weekend. It will remain mostly dry, although there will be a few clouds. Daytime highs will come in at around 11-12°C, with nighttime lows once again dropping as low as 1-2°C. Winds will start off calm, but freshen up rapidly, as a front starts moving in late on Sunday evening.

That front, with the associated rainfall, will dominate the weather on Monday, bringing a soggy start to the week. Further developments are still unclear, there are pretty large deviations between the different weather models at the moment. I’ll have more on Monday morning.

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