Met Éireann, Ireland’s national meteorological service, has predicted a week of mixed weather conditions as August arrives. Today, Monday, July 31, is expected to be a cloudy day with occasional sunny spells and showers. Some of these showers may be heavy or even thundery in certain areas. The westerly winds will be moderate to fresh, with blustery conditions in the northwest earlier in the day. The highest temperatures will range from 17° to 21°. Overnight, there will be some rain in the northern and southern counties, while the rest of the country will experience clear spells with scattered showers. Lowest temperatures will range from 10° to 13° with moderate westerly breezes.
On Tuesday, August 1, the weather is predicted to be mainly dry with sunny spells and the odd shower. Rain is expected to arrive in the southwest by evening and gradually move northeastwards. The light to moderate northwest winds will veer southerly, and daytime temperatures will reach highs of 17° to 20°. The rain will continue overnight, accompanied by light winds, and temperatures will remain around 10° to 14°.
Wednesday, August 2, is expected to be a wet day with rain and drizzle. Moderate north to northwesterly breezes will prevail, and the highest temperatures will range from 16° to 19°. There will be further showers on the northern coasts during Wednesday night, while the rest of the country will experience long clear spells. Overnight temperatures will range from 11° to 13° with moderate north to northwest winds.
Thursday will bring sunshine and light scattered showers, accompanied by moderate winds. Daytime highs will range from 15° to 19°. On Friday, the south of the country will experience cloudy conditions, while the northern half will see sunny spells. Overall, Met Éireann has forecasted higher than average rainfall for the week, with 30-50mm expected over Connacht and Ulster, which is around twice the average for this time of year. Soil conditions are expected to improve from midweek in most areas. Mean soil temperatures are expected to remain similar to current values or decrease slightly. Additionally, a potato blight advisory is in place until this afternoon, primarily affecting the southwest, west, and northwest regions.
In conclusion, Ireland can expect a mixture of sunshine and showers throughout the week, with some heavy or thundery rain in certain areas. Temperatures will range from 17° to 21° during the day and 10° to 13° at night. Rainfall will be higher than average, particularly in Connacht and Ulster, and soil conditions are expected to improve from midweek.