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National Summary

Today

Continuing breezy and mostly cloudy for the rest of the day with scattered showers.

Tonight

Mostly dry tonight with just a few scattered showers about. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees and the blustery southwesterly winds will ease.

Tomorrow

Scattered showers again tomorrow and although it will be quite cloudy there will be some sunny spells about especially in the morning. Highest temperatures will range from 16 degrees in the northwest to 21 degrees in the south and east.Blustery again with moderate to fresh southwesterly winds.

Outlook

The weather this week will continue mixed with an airflow over Ireland from the Atlantic feeding in cloudy spells and some outbreaks of rain. There will be some warm sunny spells also.Tuesday night: persistent rain will clear eastwards with light variable winds becoming northwesterly and lowest temperatures of 9 to 14 degrees. Wednesday: Dry and bright in many areas as any rain in the east clears into the Irish Sea. Scattered showers will develop during the day but some good sunny spells too. Highest temperatures of 17 to 20 degrees in light westerly breezes. Wednesday night: outbreaks of rain and drizzle followed by more persistent rain becoming widespread overnight into Thursday morning. Thursday: The rain may turn heavy and persistent in parts of Ulster during the early hours of Thursday morning. A clearance to bright or sunny spells and scattered showers for Thursday afternoon. Southerly winds ahead of the rain will veer westerly then northwesterly, moderate in strength but occasionally fresh. Highest temperatures of 17 to 20 degrees.The westerly flow is set to continue into the weekend, however early indications are that Friday and Saturday will be mostly dry with light winds, sunny spells and just a few showers.

Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

West, 12 Knots, Rain shower, 16 Miles, 1017, Rising slowly

Dublin Airport

West, 13 Knots, Cloudy, 21 Miles, 1019, Rising slowly

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

West, 15 Knots, Wave ht: 1.7 m, The visibility at Tuskar is greater than 10 Miles, 1020, Rising slowly

Roches Point Automatic

Southwest, 8 Knots, Cloudy, 16 Miles, 1021, Rising slowly

Sherkin Island Automatic

West-Southwest, 6 Knots, Cloudy, 8 Miles, 1022, Steady

Valentia Automatic

South-Southwest, 5 Knots, Recent rain, 11 Miles, 1021, Steady

Mace Head Automatic

West, 9 Knots, Cloudy, 24 Miles, 1019, Steady

Belmullet Automatic

West, 3 Knots, Fair, 16 Miles, 1019, Rising slowly

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

West-Southwest, 8 Knots, Wave ht:0.5 m, 1019, Rising slowly

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

West-Southwest, 9 Knots, Wave ht: 1.7 m, 1022, Steady

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

West, 8 Knots, Wave height not available, 1018, Rising slowly

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

Southwest, 8 Knots, Wave ht: 1.6 m, 1019, Steady

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 1100 Saturday 23 July 2016 Issued at 1100 Friday 22 July 2016

Meteorological Situation at 0900: A light to moderate west to northwesterly airflow covers Ireland. An occluded front over the Irish Sea is slowly moving away eastwards. A ridge of high pressure extends from the southwest. An occluding front approaches from the Atlantic reaching western coastal waters tonight.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Malin Head to Carlingford Lough to Carnsore Point and for the Irish Sea:

Wind: West or variable force 2 to 4. Becoming south to southeast overnight force 3 or 4. Increasing Saturday morning southerly force 4 or 5.

Weather: Mostly fair with isolated showers at first. Rain and drizzle developing in western coastal areas around midnight extending eastwards overnight and on Saturday morning clearing to scattered showers. Some patchy mist and fog on Saturday early morning.

Visibility: Good at first becoming moderate in precipitation, occasionally poor in mist and fog.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carnsore Point to Loop Head to Malin Head:

Wind: West to northwest force 2 to 4. Backing south this evening and tonight increasing force 3 to 5. Veering west during Saturday morning force 3 to 5, strongest between Slyne Head and Bloody Foreland.

Weather: Mostly fair with isolated showers at first. Rain and drizzle developing in western coastal areas around midnight extending eastwards overnight and on Saturday morning clearing to scattered showers. Some patchy mist and fog on Saturday early morning.

Visibility: Good at first becoming moderate in precipitation, occasionally poor in mist and fog.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1100 Sunday 24 July 2016: Moderate to fresh southerly veering westerly winds, occasionally light and variable. Frontal rain with locally heavy falls moving in from the west Saturday night extending eastwards on Sunday morning.