Bank Holiday weekend weather update: heavy rain, hail, and some thunder... basically, stay indoors
Outside is cancelled.
As we get closer to the weekend, and to the apparent rapid drop in temperature after a lovely mild first half of October, Met Éireann continue to keep us updated on just how bad the weather is going to be.
And to that end, we've got some good news and some bad news.
Good news first: earlier in the week, they had predicted that the temperatures might drop to as low as -2 degrees, but this latest update shows that they might just ("just") drop to 0 degrees.
Now the bad news: everything else about the forecast.
Friday will be cold and blustery or windy with sunshine and showers of rain or hail, some of them heavy. They'll be heaviest and most frequent in the west and north. Highest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees with fresh to strong, gusty north to northwest winds, strongest in coastal areas. On Friday night, frost will develop in some inland areas as temperatures fall to between 0 and 3 degrees.
Saturday will continue cold with sunshine and showers of rain or hail. A few may be thundery. Showers will be heaviest and most frequent in coastal counties. They'll be more isolated in inland counties. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees with fresh, gusty northerly winds, strong at times in coastal areas.
Sunday will be a bright day with good sunny spells. Showers will mainly affect east and north facing coastal counties. They'll be more isolated elsewhere. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees with moderate to fresh north to northeast winds.
Bank Holiday Monday will be dry in many areas with sunny spells, the best of these in the east. It will be cloudier in the west and southwest with rain developing later in the day. It will continue cold with highest temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees and moderate to fresh southeast winds.
Over the weekend, the nights will be cold with frost developing in many areas and a risk of icy patches in places.