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11th Mar 2024

Weather forecast for St Patrick’s Day is not what we need right now

Simon Kelly

St Patrick's Day weather

Not to rain on your parade…

There’s bad news on the St Patrick’s Day weather front as it looks like those attending any parades will have to bring their umbrellas.

According to Met Éireann‘s forecast, we’re in for a wet week, with rain continuing all the way up to Sunday, March 17.

The national forecaster has also issued a Status Yellow rain warning for Cork and Kerry, remaining in place from 3pm Monday until 9am on Wednesday, with flooding expected in some areas.

Rain will extend eastwards tonight (Monday) as the evening develops, but it will remain mild enough at around 10C.

The rain looks set to stick around, with Met Éireann saying it will be “unsettled” for the remainder of the week.

Check out below for the national forecast for the week, including St Patrick’s Day

Tuesday, March 12
It will be mostly cloudy with mist and scattered outbreaks of rain or drizzle, heavy at times in the southwest and west. It will be breezy with a moderate to fresh southwesterly wind, strong in the west and northwest. Highest temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees. Coastal flooding is possible due to unusually high tides.

A band of more persistent rain will move into the west and northwest early on Tuesday night and will move southeast overnight, becoming lighter and more patchy. It will become dry with some clear spells in the northwest towards morning. Breezy with a moderate to fresh and gusty southwesterly wind. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees.

Wednesday, March 13
The rain will gradually clear southeastwards during Wednesday morning and most areas will become dry for a time in the afternoon, apart from a few showers in the northwest. More rain will move into the south during the evening. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees with a mostly light to moderate southwest to west wind, increasing fresh to strong in the northwest.

Rain will spread northwards over the country on Wednesday night. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 8 degrees, with light to moderate easterly or southerly winds.

Thursday, March 14
Mostly cloudy and unsettled with rain or showers. Highest temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees with a moderate south to southwest wind. Staying mostly cloudy overnight with further rain or showers. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees with a moderate south to southwest wind.

Friday, March 15
Mostly cloudy with rain or showers in the morning but possibly becoming drier and brighter with some sunny periods later in the day. Highest temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees with light to moderate southwesterly winds, becoming northwesterly.

The weekend
Continuing unsettled with rain followed by showers on Saturday, with those continuing into Sunday.

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