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Latest Laois Weather: Weekend Forecast for Laois
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Latest Laois Weather: Weekend Forecast for Laois

What the weather has in store this weekend and next week

Saturday, 9 December, 2023 __ Forecasts for Ireland

Text Courtesy of Irish Weather Online

Graphics courtesy of Ireland’s Weather Channel

TRENDS … Blustery and frequently showery to about Tuesday, but with a trend towards less windy conditions after Sunday. Dry and a bit colder after that.

FORECASTS

TODAY will be very blustery with passing showers, west-northwesterly winds 70-110 km/hr, some locally damaging gusts to 120 km/hr are possible in exposed locations from Donegal to Dublin and Wicklow, and also a few sunny breaks are possible. Some showers could contain hail and thunder. Highs 9-12 C.

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TONIGHT will bring more moderate westerly winds easing to generally moderate southerly by dawn, some intervals of rain likely, lows 5 to 8 C.

SUNDAY will be cloudy with showers or intervals of rain, winds may ease for part of the morning especially in south and east, but stronger winds will resume as another disturbance arrives and tracks into Connacht and Ulster by afternoon and evening, bringing southwest winds 60-90 km/hr and some local gusts to 110 km/hr to the west coast. It will be more moderate further south and east (about 40-70 km/hr) and winds will turn easterly for a time in north Ulster if the low does track inland. Lows near 5 C and highs near 10 C.

MONDAY will be breezy and mild with a few showers, lows near 4 C and highs near 11 C. A third low in the daily series will be weaker and its centre will track into the south coastal counties by evening, bringing some steady rain for the overnight hours there.

TUESDAY variable cloud, not as windy, showers or intervals of light rain, lows near 4 C and highs 8 to 10 C. Winds becoming north to northeast by afternoon or evening, at 30-50 km/hr.

WEDNESDAY turning a bit colder in northerly winds 40-70 km/hr, mostly dry but a few isolated showers, lows near 3 C and highs 7 to 9 C.

High pressure will gradually build up to the south and will dominate the weather from late next week to around the start of the Christmas holiday period. This high will tend to drift west once established, and guidance suggests it won’t be all that cold due to a weak northwest flow of milder Atlantic air but this situation could easily change to a colder scenario if the high were to take up a slightly different position (if anything it will be a bit further south and this will keep up a steady moderate westerly flow, so milder in north and west than rest of the country). It certainly looks generally dry for the interval from 14th to 24th. If current guidance is correct, highs will be around 8 or 9 C and there will be enough cloud in an inversion situation to prevent sharp frosts, probably where any location clearing out for a few hours drops to about -1 C and most places stay 3-5 C.

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I think it was Jan 2022 that had almost a month of that sort of “anticyclonic gloom” but with any luck this version will feature a bit more brightness during the day. The spell will likely break down rather quickly around Christmas Day but details on that will be a while entering the reliable time frame. There are hints now of a two-part breakdown starting with a brief colder interval for a few days before Christmas and possibly a return to windy Atlantic driven disturbances around 25th-26th.