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National Summary


Mostly cloudy today with scattered outbreaks of rain together with fog on parts of the west and south coast and on hills, but there will be good dry periods as well. Feeling milder than recently with afternoon temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees in moderate to fresh southwest breezes.


Mild and rather windy tonight with heavy rain for a time, but the rain will clear from the west again later. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees in fresh to strong south to southwest winds.


On Monday morning, the last of the rain will soon clear the east coast, leaving sunny spells and scattered showers. It will be a cooler day and it will be breezy with fresh westerly winds. Maximum temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees.


Showers will become confined to northern and western coasts on Monday night, and clear spells will develop elsewhere; it will turn cold with a touch of grass frost in inland parts of the South as the winds moderate.For Tuesday, showers will persist in the north and west for a time but many places will be dry and bright with sunny breaks, with the westerly breezes easing further as the day goes on. Still a bit on the cool side.As the winds turn Southerly for Wednesday it will be a milder day with temperatures in the low to mid-teens. Much of the country will be dry with sunny spells but a cold front close to the West coast brings the likelihood of some rain in these parts especially during the afternoon and evening. For the rest of the week, temperatures will be close to normal for early May. Aside from a little rain in places on Thursday, it will be dry with broken cloud and winds will be lighter.

Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

West-Southwest, 15 Knots, Fair, 10 Miles, 1016, Rising slowly

Dublin Airport

Southwest, 16 Knots, Cloudy, 16 Miles, 1019, Steady

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

Southwest, 14 Knots, Wave ht: 1.3 m, The visibility at Tuskar is 1 Miles, 1022, Steady

Roches Point Automatic

South, 11 Knots, Mist, 4 Miles, 1021, Steady

Sherkin Island Automatic

West-Southwest, 14 Knots, Recent fog, 2 Miles, 1022, Steady

Valentia Automatic

Southwest, 14 Knots, Cloudy, 5 Miles, 1021, Steady

Mace Head Automatic

South, 11 Knots, Rain shower, 0.1 Miles, 1018, Falling slowly

Belmullet Automatic

South, 12 Knots, Mod drizzle, 4 Miles, 1016, Falling slowly

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

South-Southwest, 19 Knots, Wave ht: 2 m, 1019, Steady

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

Report not available

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

Report not available

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

Southwest, 24 Knots, Gust 35 Knots, Wave ht: 3.1 m, 1012, Falling slowly

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 2300 Saturday 30 April 2016 Issued at 2300 Friday 29 April 2016

Meteorological Situation at 2100: A cold, northwesterly airflow over Ireland will stabilise and back westerly overnight; the flow will back further southwesterly during Saturday, and will strengthen later as a warm front approaches western areas.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Mizen Head to Erris Head to Fair Head

Wind: Northwest force 3 to 5, strongest in the north, backing west overnight; further backing southwest by Saturday afternoon and later increasing force 5 or 6, occasionally force 7 between Slyne Head and Malin Head.

Weather: Scattered showers dying out by Saturday afternoon; rain spreading east later.

Visibility: Good, becoming moderate to poor later in rain.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Fair Head to Wicklow Head to Mizen Head and the Irish Sea

Wind: Northwest force 3 to 5, backing west overnight; further backing southwest force 4 or 5 Saturday evening.

Weather: Isolated showers dying out by Saturday evening.

Visibility: Good.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 2300 Sunday 01 May 2016: Strong to near gale force southwest to south winds developing on Saturday night, later veering southwest fresh to strong; rain and drizzle spreading quickly east, clearing for a time on Sunday but returning to most areas later.

Weather Warnings

Small Craft Warning

South to southwest winds will continue to reach force 6 overnight on all Irish coastal waters.