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National Summary

Tonight

Breezy with scattered showers at first in parts of the north and northeast but mostly dry and cold with clear periods and overnight lows of 3 to 7 degrees. Cloud increasing later in the night with patchy rain and drizzle developing across the west and north.

Tomorrow

Rather cloudy tomorrow morning with occasional light rain or drizzle, persistent at times over Connacht and Ulster. The afternoon will tend to be drier and brighter, especially across the south and east of the country, but still some patchy rain at times in parts of the north and west. Mild and breezy with highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees.

Outlook

Headline : Changeable and unsettled weather will continue.Wednesday night : Mild and mostly cloudy, with patches of rain and drizzle, mainly in Atlantic coastal areas, turning more persistent along north and northwest coasts. Hill and coastal fog also. Min. 8 to 12 Celsius, in a moderate SW'ly wind.Thursday : The midlands, south and east will be mainly dry, with bright spells, but a few spots of light rain or drizzle may occur, especially on hills and coasts. More persistent rain will move gradually down across Ulster, Connacht and, later, parts of north Leinster. Mild. Max. 13 to 16 C., in a moderate SW'ly wind. On Thursday night, rain will spread to all areas. Clear spells and showers will follow in the north and west and it will turn colder here, but mild elsewhere.Friday : Bright or sunny spells, but some scattered showers also, most of them in the W and NW. Cool. Max. 11 to 14 C., with mostly moderate SW'ly winds.Saturday : Cool and windy, with strong and gusty SW'ly winds. A bright day, with sunny spells and scattered showers, the showers most frequent in the southwest, west and northwest.Sunday : Less windy, with moderate to fresh SW'ly winds. A few bright spells, but some showery rain in places also.Further outlook : Changeable and unsettled for the early days of next week.

Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

West-Northwest, 27 Knots, Gust 38 Knots, Cloudy, 7 Miles, 1019, Rising

Dublin Airport

West, 17 Knots, Cloudy, 16 Miles, 1023, Rising slowly

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

Report not available

Roches Point Automatic

West, 10 Knots, Cloudy, 9 Miles, 1028, Rising slowly

Sherkin Island Automatic

West-Northwest, 16 Knots, Fair, 10 Miles, 1028, Rising slowly

Valentia Automatic

West, 10 Knots, Cloudy, 10 Miles, 1028, Rising slowly

Mace Head Automatic

West, 22 Knots, Cloudy, 9 Miles, 1025, Rising slowly

Belmullet Automatic

West, 13 Knots, Cloudy, 6 Miles, 1023, Rising slowly

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

West-Northwest, 23 Knots, Wave ht: 1.8 m, 1021, Rising slowly

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

West-Northwest, 13 Knots, Wave ht: 5.5 m, 1029, Rising slowly

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

West, 19 Knots, Wave ht: 5.2 m, 1022, Rising slowly

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

Wind data not available, Wave ht: 4.6 m, 1026, Steady

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 1100 Wednesday 22 October 2014 Issued at 1100 Tuesday 21 October 2014

Meteorological Situation at 0900: A storm depression in the North Sea moves slowly eastwards. An unstable gale force northwest flow over Ireland will moderate later today and will back southwesterly overnight, as frontal troughs approach the northwest coast.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Rossan Point to Fair Head to Carlingford Lough and the Irish Sea north of Anglesey

Wind: Northwest, gale force 8 or strong gale force 9, with severe gusts, winds reaching storm force 10 at times in the North Channel and on the North Irish Sea at first. Winds decreasing force 7 to gale force 8 this evening and further decreasing southwest force 5 or 6 overnight.

Weather: Poor in precipitation, good otherwise

Visibility: developing on Atlantic coasts this evening and early tonight.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carlingford Lough to Howth Head to Carnsore Point and the Irish Sea south of Anglesey

Wind: West to northwest, gale force 8 or strong gale force 9 and gusty. Winds decreasing force 6 to gale force 8 early this evening, further decreasing westerly force 4 or 5 later tonight and backing southwesterly in the morning.

Weather: Poor in precipitation, good otherwise

Visibility: developing on Atlantic coasts this evening and early tonight.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carnsore Point to Valentia to Rossan Point

Wind: Northwest force 7 to strong gale force 9 and gusty, strongest north of Erris Head. Winds decreasing westerly force 5 to 7 later this afternoon and evening. Further moderating southwest force 4 to 6 later tonight, but increasing force 5 to 7 and gusty in the morning.

Weather: Poor in precipitation, good otherwise

Visibility: developing on Atlantic coasts this evening and early tonight.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1100 Thursday 23 October 2014: Fresh to strong southwesterly winds, possibly up to gale force for a time in the north and northwest. Rain, drizzle and fog patches.

Weather Warnings

Gale Warning

West to northwest winds will continue to reach gale force for a time tonight on coasts from Malin Head to Fair Head to Belfast Lough and in the Northeast the Irish Sea.

Small Craft Warning

West to northwest winds will continue to reach force 6 or higher this evening and early tonight on Irish coastal waters from Hook Head to Valentia to Erris Head.