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National Summary

Today

Breezy and cold with showery outbreaks of rain and sleet, wintry on higher ground, continuing this evening.

Tonight

Showery rain will continue tonight with some sleet and snow on hills and mountains. It will become drier overnight with clear spells developing, although the rain will linger in the southwest through to morning. A widespread sharp to severe frost and icy stretches on untreated surfaces will form, as northwesterly winds slacken inland. Lowest temperatures plus 2 to minus 2 degrees.

Tomorrow

Showers will continue to affect western and northern counties on Wednesday but the rest of the country will have a mainly dry day. Winds will be light to moderate, westerly and it will stay cold, with highest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees.

Outlook

General: A cold regime for the rest of the week and over the weekend with frost most nights and icy patches too. Wednesday night: Cold overnight with a mix of clear periods and scattered showers, some of these showers falling as hail or sleet in western and northern coastal counties. Lowest temperatures plus 2 to -2 C., coldest under clear skies with frost and icy patches forming. Thursday: Some bright or sunny spells on Thursday, but some showers also, a few heavy and of hail on the southwest and west coasts. Cool, with highs of 5 to 8 C. Cold and frosty after dark, with some icy patches forming and temperatures below freezing in most places. A spell of rain and sleet is expected to move into the southwest of the country later in the night. The outlook for Friday and the coming weekend is for cool changeable weather, with showers or longer spells of rain at times and with some hail and sleet also. Cold most nights, with frost and some ice.

Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

North, 10 Knots, Cloudy, 8 Miles, 979, Rising slowly

Dublin Airport

West-Southwest, 23 Knots, Rain/drizzle, 8 Miles, 983, Steady

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

Report not available

Roches Point Automatic

West, 20 Knots, Gust 35 Knots, Fair, 14 Miles, 988, Steady

Sherkin Island Automatic

West-Northwest, 20 Knots, Gust 36 Knots, Fair, 16 Miles, 991, Rising slowly

Valentia Automatic

West-Northwest, 25 Knots, Gust 39 Knots, Rain shower, 1.9 Miles, 992, Rising

Mace Head Automatic

West-Northwest, 34 Knots, Gust 46 Knots, Fair, 7 Miles, 985, Rising slowly

Belmullet Automatic

West-Northwest, 27 Knots, Gust 39 Knots, Recent rain, 6 Miles, 984, Rising

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

West-Southwest, 22 Knots, Wave ht: 1.7 m, 982, Steady

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

Report not available

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

North-Northwest, 13 Knots, Wave height not available, Pressure not available, Pressure tendency not available

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

Wind data not available, Wave ht: 6.6 m, 995, Rising

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 0000 Sunday 07 February 2016 Issued at 0000 Saturday 06 February 2016

Meteorological Situation at 2100: A cold front, extending from Strangford Lough to Dungarvan, continues to move steadily eastwards leaving a moderately unstable, southwesterly airflow over Ireland; tonight, the flow will back southerly while strengthening and frontal troughs will begin to extend northwards across the country.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Roche's Point to Slyne Head to Malin Head

Wind: Southwest force 4 to 6, backing south to southeast tonight and increasing force 7 to gale force 8; veering west by Saturday afternoon and decreasing force 4 or 5, occasionally force 6.

Weather: Showers giving way to more prolonged rain overnight; rain clearing to showers again later.

Visibility: Good, decreasing moderate in showers and becoming poor at times in rain.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Malin Head to Howth Head to Roche's Point

Wind: West backing southwest force 3 to 5, further backing south to southeast overnight and increasing force 6 or 7, occasionally gale force 8 by morning; then veering west and decreasing force 4 or 5 later.

Weather: Rain dying out but further rain spreading north overnight, then clearing Saturday afternoon.

Visibility: Good, becoming moderate to poor in rain.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from the Irish Sea

Wind: South force 7 to gale force 8, veering west and decreasing force 3 to 5 imminent; backing south by morning and increasing force 5 or 6 but veering southwest to west Saturday afternoon.

Weather: Rain clearing for a time tonight but returning by morning.

Visibility: Moderate to poor in rain, otherwise good.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 0000 Monday 08 February 2016: Strong to gale force, west to southwest winds increasing to strong gale force at times on northwestern and northern coasts; widespread rain soon clearing east to showers, but further rain spreading from the west during Sunday.

Weather Warnings

Gale Warning

West to northwest winds will reach gale force for a time this evening on Irish coastal waters from Howth Head to Mizen Head to Erris Head and on the Irish Sea South of Anglesey.

Small Craft Warning

West to northwest winds will force 6 for a time this evening on coasts from Erris Head to Fair Head to Howth Head