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National Summary


After a sunny start in the east a mostly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain.Highest temperatures just 7 to 10 degrees in blustery westerly winds.


Cloudy tonight with scattered outbreaks of rain, persistent in northern areas. Lowest temperatures 3 to 8 degrees.


Holy Thursday: Overall a mostly cloudy day with scattered outbreaks of rain, heavy in parts of the west and north.Cold over Ulster with temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees in a light easterly wind; milder elsewhere with highs of 11 to 14 degrees in fresh westerlies.


The rain will be persistent and heavy in places for a time Thursday night and then will clear eastwards overnight. Lowest temperatures 4 to 7 degrees. Fresh southwesterly winds will veer west to northwest with the clearance.Good Friday:A bright, cool day with sunny spells. Some scattered showers over Ulster in the morning otherwise a dry day apart from isolated showers. Highest temperatures 9 to 11 degrees and good drying in the fresh northwesterly wind. Dry and clear Friday night with lowest temperatures 2 to 6 degrees and a slight ground frost.Easter weekend:A big improvement in the weather as high pressure builds up over Ireland blocking out the Atlantic rain and gales.Fresh northerly winds on Holy Saturday will become moderate southeasterly for Easter Sunday and a blocking high scenario is forecast to continue through Easter week. The weather will be dry and settled. Variable amounts of cloud will lead to some pleasant spring sunshine and at times very mild with temperatures getting into the mid-teens. Still some night ground frosts possible but not severe with minimum air temperatures generally in the range zero to +5 degrees.

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 0500 Thursday 02 April 2015 Issued at 0500 Wednesday 01 April 2015

Meteorological Situation at 0300: A fresh unstable northwesterly airflow over Ireland is backing westerly as fronts move in from the Atlantic.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Rossan Point to Fair Head to Carnsore Point and for the Irish Sea

Wind: Northwesterly backing westerly force 6 and gusty. Increasing to force 6 or 7 south of Howth Head/Anglesey this evening and variable force 4 elsewhere. Becoming generally variable force 3 or 4 overnight.

Weather: Squally rain/hail showers in north this morning. Rain extending eastwards today.

Visibility: Poor in showers/moderate in rain otherwise good.

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

Wind: Westerly force 5 or 6. And force 6 occasionally force 7 this evening and early tonight. Decreasing force 4 or 5 overnight.

Weather: Mainly fair/showers in west at first. Rain extending eastwards, heavy in west.

Visibility: Good becoming moderate in west.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 0500 Friday 03 April 2015: Fresh westerly winds generally; variable in northern and eastern areas later. Rain/drizzle clearing eastwards to fair weather/scattered showers Friday morning.

Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

West-Northwest, 18 Knots, Gust 37 Knots, Recent drizzle, 6 Miles, 1019, Rising slowly

Dublin Airport

West-Southwest, 20 Knots, Fair, 16 Miles, 1023, Rising slowly

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

West-Northwest, 21 Knots, Wave ht: 2.7 m, The visibility at Tuskar is greater than 10 Miles, 1027, Steady

Roches Point Automatic

West-Southwest, 9 Knots, Recent drizzle, 9 Miles, 1028, Steady

Sherkin Island Automatic

West-Northwest, 13 Knots, Cloudy, 10 Miles, 1029, Steady

Valentia Automatic

West, 15 Knots, Recent rain, 10 Miles, 1029, Steady

Mace Head Automatic

West-Northwest, 27 Knots, Gust 42 Knots, Cloudy, 7 Miles, 1025, Steady

Belmullet Automatic

West, 17 Knots, Cloudy, 8 Miles, 1024, Steady

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

West, 22 Knots, Wave ht: 1.8 m, 1022, Rising slowly

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

West-Northwest, 18 Knots, Wave ht: 5.9 m, 1030, Steady

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

West-Northwest, 21 Knots, Wave ht: 7.2 m, 1021, Steady

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

Report not available

Weather Warnings

Small Craft Warning

West to northwest winds will continue to reach force 6 or higher at times today on all Irish Coastal Waters.