Widespread sunshine for much of the country this evening although cloudy in the west of Connacht and in Donegal later.
Continuing dry and mostly clear at first tonight, but fog will form once again overnight. It'll be cloudy in parts of the northwest and north. Light, variable winds generally but a moderate south or southwest breeze will persist on northwestern coasts. Lowest temperatures minus 2 to plus 3 degrees, with sharp ground frost returning to many areas.
Apart from a little light rain or drizzle on northwestern and northern coasts in the morning, Thursday will continue dry. Frost will clear quickly after dawn but fog will lift more slowly, although many places will have sunshine by afternoon. Light winds generally and feeling milder, highest temperatures 11 to 14 degrees.
3 Day Outlook
The outlook is for a lot of dry weather through the rest of the week and over the weekend in many areas but it will be more unsettled with some showery rain in parts of the northwest and north, but amounts relatively small.
Thursday night: Mostly dry Thursday night but rather cloudy in the west and north, perhaps a little drizle near the caost. Some clear periods in southern areas with patchy fog and frost.
Friday: Fog patches in some midland and southern areas will clear on Friday morning, to give a dry, bright day with sunny spells. It will however be cloudier and breezier with moderate or fresh westerly winds in western and northern areas and some showery outbreaks of rain will develop for a time in parts of the northwest and north, especially in the coastal fringes. Afternoon highs about 11 or 12 degrees. Frost is unlikely Friday night due to a lot of cloud.
Weekend : Bright and mostly dry over the weekend through many midland, eastern and southern areas, with sunny spells especially during Saturday, but it is still likely to be cloudier in northern and northwestern parts with a few showers on Saturday and probably some light rain at times on Sunday, especially affecting hills and coastal areas. Afternoon temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees, possibly 13 at times in the southeast in moderate to fresh west to northwest breezes. Night frosts are unlikely.
St Patrick's Day will probably be rather cloudy in many areas, but there will be some sunny breaks in the south and east, where it will be mostly dry and bright. Some showery rain is likely at times in parts of the west and north but in these areas there will be reasonably good dry periods as well. Afternoon temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees in moderate westerly breezes.