Latest Laois Weather: Your New Year’s Weekend Forecast
What’s the weather up to as we head for 2024
Saturday, 30 December, 2023 __ Forecasts for Ireland
Courtesy of Irish Weather Online
TRENDS: Temperatures will average near normal or a bit below, turning colder in the week following 6 January. Rainfall will be near average and will tend to mix with sleet on higher terrain at times.
TODAY some blustery showers will clear, with a few sunny intervals around late morning to early afternoon, but more blustery showers will develop, and it will stay quite windy except in some parts of the north. For most locations, southwest winds 60-90 km/hr, with some higher gusts in squally showers. Highs 7 to 9 C. Some of the squally showers could produce hail and thunder.
TONIGHT windy with occasional rain or showers, for southern and central counties, lows near 5 C, winds westerly 50-80 km/hr. Further north, close to the track of low pressure, winds could drop off at times and then pick up again once the low has passed.
SUNDAY windy and cold with passing showers, some wintry, as it turns a bit colder, winds west-northwest 50-80 km/hr creating a significant wind chill in daytime highs of 5 to 8 C. Less windy by late afternoon and evening, clearing at times, with frost expected overnight on New Year’s morning, lows -2 to +2 C.
MONDAY (New Year’s Day) will bring increasing cloud from southwest to northeast during the day, cold to start, a bit milder by afternoon. Lows near -2 C and highs near 7 C. Some rain or sleet by evening, moving in from the south.
TUESDAY to FRIDAY a number of weak disturbances will pass and temperatures will be a bit colder than in the past week so not all of their moisture will fall as rain, a bit of sleet or wet snow is possible each day, but mostly well inland and on higher terrain. Lows will be in the range of 1 to 4 C and highs 7 to 10 C at low elevations, 4 to 7 on hills and in some parts of the inland north.
By about SATURDAY 6 JANUARY, a colder regime is expected to develop. High pressure forming over the North Atlantic and Iceland will bring in a north to northeast flow of arctic air. It may take a few days to get through transitional phases as the core of this colder air moves gradually southwest from Scandinavia towards Britain and perhaps eventually into Ireland. For now we’ll say a moderate temperature decrease to highs in the 3 to 6 C range and frosts at night but there is potential in this setup for even colder readings, and if so, it could snow in some onshore flows in the north and possibly later in eastern counties, so despite the very mild December it’s looking like some actual winter may visit in January.