Good morning! Hope you got through the bank holiday weekend and its aftermath with a minimum of hangovers. The weather certainly feels a bit hungover, and the parade of rain and sunshine we’ve seen over the last few days will certainly continue well into the weekend, thanks to a succession of low pressure areas moving in from the North Atlantic. A first, weaker one, will bring some heavy rain later today and on Thursday, while another, stronger one, will arrive on Friday, just in time for the weekend.
Wednesday will basically be a day of two halves. The first half of the day will be cloudy, but otherwise relatively dry, while rain will move in from lunchtime onwards, and basically stay with us for the rest of the day. Rainfall will eventually turn heavy towards the afternoon. Temperatures will be in line with what we’ve been experiencing for the last few day, with daytime highs around 15-16°C, and nighttime lows of 12-13°C. It won’t be too windy, but a few gusts are possible when the rain front moves through.
Thursday will be slightly warmer with daytime highs of 16-18°C, and nighttime lows of 8-9°C. It will also be a wet day. While heavy overnight rain should have cleared away by early morning, showers, and batches of heavier rain are possible throughout the day, before clearing towards the evening. Winds will be considerably stronger than recently, with prolonged periods of Force 4-5 winds possible.
Friday looks like a bit of a breather at the moment. Once again, we’re looking at daytime highs of around 16-18°C, while nighttime lows will come in at around 12-13°C. The first half of the day will be pretty much dry. However, by the afternoon, another area of heavy rainfall, connected to that second low pressure area I mentioned earlier, will move in from the Atlantic. This will be accompanied by strong winds, and gale force winds can be expected in coastal regions throughout the night and into Saturday morning. Rain will be equally persistent, although that will probably clear by late Saturday morning. So there’s still hope for the Ocean to City Race to go ahead here in Cork on Saturday.