Weekend weather: Cool and showery
It will become mainly dry on Friday night and it will turn cold, with minimum temperatures of 1 to 4°C, as skies clear and winds become light, according to Met Éireann. Some grass frost will develop, along with some patches of mist and shallow fog.
Saturday will be a bright day, with occasional sunny spells. Scattered showers at first, with a good deal of dry weather, but the showers will become fairly widespread by lunchtime or so. Some will be heavy, with some local hail and there is a risk of thunder. Top temperatures 12-14°C, in moderate locally fresh southeast winds. Some dry clear spells on Saturday night, but there will be some further showers about too. These mainly over parts of Connacht and Munster, where a few could be heavy and prolonged. Cold again, with minimum temperatures in low single figures, so some grass frost in places.
A similar day on Sunday. Some sunny spells, but there will be fairly widespread showers too. Some will be heavy and with a risk if hail and thunder. Showers will die out later Sunday night, allowing some mist fog and grass frost to form. Highs of 12-14°C but a cold night with lows of 2-4°C.
The further outlook in to the early days of next week is for less showery weather, with mainly light variable winds and temperatures recovering to around normal for the time of year.
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At long last tillage farmers enjoyed a number of fine days in a row and good progress was made. However, heavy sea fog and mist in the south has led to further delays with spring planting.