Cold weather for the weekend

Cold, very windy and showery today, some of the showers heavy and of hail, with scattered thunderstorms for a time, mainly in parts of the west and north, where some of the showers will be wintry over high ground. More persistent rain will spread from the Atlantic during the afternoon and evening, affecting Munster, Connacht and much of Leinster, with some sleet in northern counties. Maximum temperatures just 4 or 5 Celsius in the north, 5 to 9 Celsius elsewhere. Strong and very gusty westerly winds will ease slowly. Tonight Later this evening and for a time tonight, it will be mostly cloudy, with outbreaks of rain turning heavy in southern counties and with some sleet in places. The north and northwest will have clear spells and scattered wintry showers and these clearer conditions will spread to all parts overnight, but it will become bitterly cold and frosty, with icy stretches. Further wintry showers also, mainly in the southwest, west and north. Minimum temperatures 0 to minus 3 Celsius. Tomorrow Tomorrow, Friday, will be very cold, but bright with sunny spells. Occasional showers also, some heavy and of hail, with a risk of scattered thunderstorms. Wintry showers also, especially over high ground. Maximum temperatures 4 to 8 Celsius, in a moderate to fresh west to northwest wind. Outlook Headline : Very changeable and unsettled weather continuing, but becoming less cold. Friday night : Frost will be widespread, with icy stretches. Many areas dry, with clear intervals, but there will be further wintry showers, mainly in southwest, west and northern coastal regions. Saturday : Still very cold at first, especially in the east, with max. temperatures of 5 to 9 Celsius, but values will gradually improve, in a moderate to fresh west to southwest wind. There will be good dry, bright spells, (some parts of the south and east staying dry), but further scattered showers also, mainly in the southwest, west and northwest, where it will be mostly cloudy. Saturday night will be windy, with more persistent rain spreading from the Atlantic, with fresh to strong southwesterly winds. Sunday : Quite mild, with bright or sunny spells and scattered showers, most of the showers in Ulster, Connacht and west Munster. Max. 7 to 10 Celsius, in a moderate to fresh westerly wind. Sunday night will be cold, with a touch of frost in places, especially in the midlands, east and south. Monday : Becoming wet and windy, with rain spreading from the Atlantic, accompanied by fresh to strong southwesterly winds, but becoming mild. Tuesday : Very windy, possibly stormy in places, with occasional rain, but very mild. Further Outlook : Very changeable and unsettled for the remainder of the week.

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