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14th Mar 2024

St Patrick’s Day weather forecast updated ahead of bank holiday

Simon Kelly

St Patrick's Day Weather

Don’t put the umbrellas away just yet though.

It’s looking like those hoping to attend parades on Sunday can breath a sigh of relief as the St Patrick’s Day weather forecast has improved over the past few days.

Earlier in the week, Met Éireann predicted a very damp Paddy’s Day parade, with revellers warned to bring their umbrellas and raincoats.

However, with a bit more clarity on Sunday’s weather, perhaps just a big green hat will suffice (but maybe bring those umbrellas along just in case).

Speaking on Thursday morning, meteorologist Siobhan Ryan said: “We’re looking at a mixed picture for St Patrick’s weekend, but a mild one too with some spells of Spring sunshine, despite some occasional outbreaks of rain.

“Sunday, St Patrick’s Day, will be damp locally to begin. However, overall a lot of dry weather is expected with good sunny spells and just well scattered showers.

“It will be a nice mild day with highs of 12C – 15C with no more than moderate southwest breezes.”

Thankfully, the previously predicted washout looks to be avoided for this year, we’re praying its as dry as can be.

Parade-goers breath sigh of relief as forecast improving for St Patrick’s Day weather

Ms Ryan also revealed the weather for the bank holiday Monday, saying that “Late overnight rain will clear to sunshine and just well scattered showers.

“However a further spell of rain is likely to move in from the Atlantic but not until later in the day. Possibly staying dry once it develops for daylight hours.”

Meanwhile, there is currently an Orange rain warning in place for Cork and Kerry noon on Thursday, with potential impacts including wave overtopping, risk of flooding and difficult travelling conditions.

A Status Yellow rain warning is also in place for Waterford until noon and Galway until 4 pm.

Wave overtopping, risk of flooding and difficult travelling conditions are all noted as potential impacts of the weather warnings.

The national forecast for today, Thursday, March 14, says: “Overcast with spells of rain, heavy at times, especially across Atlantic counties with the chance of flooding.

“Some drier and brighter spells will develop across parts of Leinster and east Munster through the afternoon and evening. Mild and humid with highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees generally, but cooler on west and northwest fringes. Breezy across the southern half of the country in moderate to fresh southwest winds, with light variable winds elsewhere.

“Tonight will bring scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle with low cloud and mist too. Clearer spells will develop across the west and northwest later. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees in light to moderate southwest winds, later veering west.”

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