The end of August could bring a welcome change in weather for Ireland, with the possibility of hot, settled, and sunny conditions. After a wet and gloomy July, and a lackluster August, Met Eireann has cautiously forecasted a shift towards warmer and more settled weather. Although it may not be classified as a heatwave, temperatures in the high teens to low 20s would be a significant improvement from recent weeks. This potential spell of good weather could even extend into September, offering beach and BBQ conditions before autumn takes hold. However, these optimistic predictions are still subject to some uncertainty.
In the meantime, today’s weather across Munster will be cloudy but settled, with similar conditions expected to continue into the weekend. Showers are expected during this time. According to the latest forecast from Met Eireann, today will be a bright day with sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers will become more isolated in the evening. Temperatures will range from 17 to 21 degrees, with light west to northwest breezes. Tonight will be dry, apart from a few isolated showers, and patches of mist and fog may form overnight. Temperatures will drop to 8 to 12 degrees.
Tomorrow, any mist or fog will clear to give a bright day with sunny spells and a few showers. Temperatures will range from 19 to 21 degrees, with light variable breezes.
Looking at the national outlook, Thursday is expected to be mainly dry with sunny spells, although there is a chance of a few showers. Cloud cover will increase from the southwest later in the day. Temperatures will range from 19 to 23 degrees, with southeast breezes becoming moderate during the afternoon. Thursday night will see rain develop in the southwest and spread northeastwards across much of the country.
Friday will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain. Towards the evening, heavier rain will develop in the south and spread northwards, potentially causing spot flooding. The rain will clear during Friday night. Temperatures will range from 17 to 22 degrees, with moderate to fresh east to southeast winds.
On Saturday, there will be a mix of sunshine and showers, some of which may be heavy. Temperatures will range from 18 to 22 degrees, with moderate south to southwest winds. Sunday will bring a similar pattern of sunshine and showers, with temperatures ranging from 19 to 22 degrees and light to moderate southerly breezes.
Looking further ahead, there are signs that high pressure will build close to Ireland, potentially bringing drier and more settled weather for the early days of the following week. Temperatures during this time could reach the high teens to low 20s. However, these predictions are still uncertain and subject to change.
Overall, while the weather has been less than ideal in recent weeks, there is hope for a brief spell of warm and settled conditions towards the end of August. This could provide a much-needed boost before autumn truly takes hold.