Hail and thunder showers on the way but temperatures expected to rise to “low 20s” next week
There’ll be no repeat of last weekend’s weather in the coming days, but the forecast for next week is looking promising.
In normal circumstances, the Leaving Cert would have started this week, which naturally would have led us all to expect the arrival of lovely weather just in time for it.
The Leaving Cert, of course, has been cancelled this year and as a consequence, albeit probably not a direct one, the start date instead coincided with a break in the glorious weather Ireland had been enjoying in the few days previous.
The weather, unfortunately, isn’t going to turn again in time for this weekend, or at least the vast majority of it, but there are signs that we might return to more pleasant conditions next week.
According to Met Éireann, Friday will see a mix of sunny spells and widespread showers, showers which will be pretty unforgiving when they do arrive, with thunder and even hail expected.
Rain will start to move in from the north and through Ulster, Connacht and north Leinster on Friday night, when it will be blustery and cool, with temperatures of 5-7 degrees.
Heavy rain will be the order of the day for much of Saturday morning, particularly in the northern half of the country, although that rain is expected to ease in the afternoon on a generally dull day with temperatures reaching no higher than 15 degrees.
Conditions will improve on Sunday on a mostly dry day with some sunny spells, particularly in the south of the country. Temperatures will reach highs of 18 degrees in places before becoming quite cool at night.
The outlook for early next week is similar to Sunday, with mostly dry and cloudy weather interspersed with occasional showers, particularly on Tuesday, when western counties will be most affected.
From Wednesday onwards, however, things appear to be looking up.
While it’s early days yet, Met Éireann says current indications are that it will be mostly dry with temperatures increasing to the high teens or low 20s.
We'll keep our fingers crossed.