Good morning, and welcome to another long weekend, well at least for most of us. It doesn’t look like a particularly pleasant one, though, at least not when it comes to the weather. Ireland is slowly but surely slipping under the influence of an area of low pressure, while still remaining under a northerly, cold, airflow. My recommendation for the bank holiday weekend is to curl up with a cup of tea and either a good book or a Netflix marathon.
Friday doesn’t look too bad in fairness. It follows the pattern we’ve already seen this week. After a cool start, temperatures will rise to about 10-11°C, before dropping down to 4-5°C overnight. From the looks of it, there won’t be too much rain during the day, although light showers are possible during the afternoon. Rainfall totals are still limited, though. Winds will start off calm, but as a cold front moves in towards the evening, winds will swing around to southwesterly directions and increase to Force 4-5.
Saturday will be noticeably colder, with daytime highs of 8-9°C, and nighttime lows of 6-7°C. It will feel colder due to a strong to gale force southerly wind that will last throughout the day. As if that wasn’t bad enough, light rain will dominate throughout most of the day, intensifying towards the evening as a band of heavy rain moves over Ireland. From the current point of view, it looks as if Cork will be in for the worst of the overnight rainfall.
Sunday will continue the cold and wet trend, with daytime highs of 7-8°C, and lows of just 3-4°C. The first half of the day will also see strong rainfalls, especially in the Cork area. That area of rain should clear Cork by mid-afternoon at the latest, with any remaining light showers and drizzle fizzling out by the evening. Winds will swing around to Northwesterly directions and increase to Force 4-5 after an initially calm morning.
As for bank holiday Monday, it will be a bit drier by the looks of it, but not much warmer. A warming trend doesn’t seem apparent until at least Tuesday.