Turf was standing in bogs around the country this time last year and people were saying, with a great sense of foreboding “We’re getting our summer now,” – and they were right.
This April is a different kettle of fish to the previous couple but, there is hope.
Hope Comes with the Weekend
Though Met Éireann has issued a status yellow warning for today – and tomorrow won’t be an awful lot better, the hope comes with the weekend and a let up in the rain and a rise in temperatures and dry and bright spell also in the mix.
I had a look at my Weather Crock this morning after hearing the forecast and it’s going up. That’s good. In spite of the cut of the skies all around us the water is creeping up the neck of the bottle.
The last time it looked like that was on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day. I took a photograph of it that morning too. However, the sky was so black and sullen and looked full of rain that I funked publishing it.
Not alone did St. Patrick’s Day hold up for the parade but we got a great spell of weather after it.
I’m over my Weather Crock doubts now though.
This morning’s photograph also shows things going in the right direction. I hope, for the sake of all those depending on good weather for their very livelihood that it keeps on going that way.
Met Éireann Forecast
The following is the Met Éireann forecast for the week and into the early part of next week.
Dry and bright in many places at first. However cloud will thicken with rain developing in Atlantic coastal counties during the morning in strong southerly winds. The rain and strong winds will spread eastwards to most places during the afternoon turning persistent and heavy. Very wet and windy countrywide this evening with some local spot flooding and strong to gale force southerly winds with gusts of 80 to 110km/h, highest in coastal and hilly areas. Highest temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees Celsius.
Tonight: Wet and windy with strong to gale force southerly winds and severe gusts. Heavy rain also with the continuing risk of local flooding. However later in the night the rain will clear to scattered showers over the western half of the country. Overnight lows of 9 or 10 degrees Celsius.
Wet at first Tuesday morning over eastern counties but clearing quickly and it will brighten up. There will be showers at times during the day but some sunny spells as well.
Windy also with strong and gusty southerly winds, but these will decrease fresh later. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees Celsius.
Headline: Some drier and milder weather will develop over the next few days, but it will turn unsettled again later in the weekend and for early next week.
Showers dying away and it will be dry in many places overnight but rain will affect Atlantic coastal counties.
There will be further rain on Wednesday morning in western counties but this will become mostly confined to western coastal areas in the afternoon. The rest of the country should have a mainly dry and bright day but with a good deal of cloud. Very mild with highs of 14 to 17 degrees Celsius but breezy/windy in fresh and gusty southerly breezes.
Mostly dry and bright on Thursday with lighter winds and afternoon temperatures of 14 to 17 or possibly 18 degrees Celsius.
Cooler on Friday with a few showers about especially in northern counties but many places will be dry and bright. Highs of 12 to 16 degrees Celsius.
Largely dry and bright for many on Saturday with sunny spells in eastern areas. But rain is expected to move into western areas as the day moves on and extend to most places on Saturday night. Cooler and fresher on Sunday with sunny spells and scattered showers.
Early next week: Unsettled with some periods of rain or showers at times. Drier brighter periods also.
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