Storm Brendan attracts surfers to Sligo coastConnacht
As the saying goes, it is an ill wind that blows no good, and in the case of Storm Brendan, the bad weather brought a bonus for big wave surfers in the northwest.
Bright spells but scattered showers also this evening. Showers mainly of rain, a few possibly heavy with a risk of hail sleet or snow. Mostly light to moderate west to northwest breezes.
Some wintry showers possible at first tonight. Cold and becoming clear later with a widespread sharp to severe frost and icy surfaces. Lowest temperatures minus 1 to minus 3 degrees. Winds will be light variable or calm with fog expected in places.
Frost and any fog will clear on Saturday to give a dry, calm and mostly sunny day. A very cold start, temperatures will remain below freezing until mid morning and then staying cold through the day with afternoon temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees with light variable breezes.
A few further showers about this evening. The showers mainly of rain but an isolated hail shower is likely. A little sleet or snow possible over hills and mountains. Highest temperatures 5 to 7 degrees, in light to moderate westerly breezes, fresher along northern coasts.
Cold and clear tonight with a widespread sharp to severe frost and icy surfaces. Lowest temperatures between 0 and minus 4 degrees. Winds will be light variable with some patches of mist and fog in places.
Frost and fog will clear on Saturday to leave a dry, calm and mostly sunny day. A very cold start, temperatures will remain below freezing until mid morning and then staying cold through the day with afternoon temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees with light variable breezes.
OUTLOOK: Generally dry and calm with high pressure in charge. However, it will be duller early in the week with patchy light rain. Less cold too though, with frost and ice limited to where skies break by night. Mist and fog at times with slack winds. SATURDAY NIGHT: Very cold and frosty once again with minimum temperatures widely falling back to -3 or -4 degrees. Some fog setting in too, mainly across the midlands. SUNDAY: A sharp to severe frost to start the day, but overall dry and sunny with just light breezes. Highs of 4 to 9 degrees, coldest across Ulster and north Leinster. MONDAY: Frost clearing on Monday to give a mostly dry day with a mix of cloud and sunny spells, brightest across the midlands and southeast. Less cold, with highs of 7 to 10 degrees, in light to moderate southwest breezes. TUESDAY: Some frost further south to begin the day. A duller day everywhere with patchy outbreaks of rain, mist and local fog too. Highest temperatures 9 to 11 degrees in light variable mainly westerly breezes.
Temperatures are expected to fall as low as minus 4 degrees tonight, with the coldest temperatures around dawn, staying below freezing until mid-morning on Saturday.
Issued: 17 January 2020 12:00
Validity: 17 January 2020 18:00 to 18 January 2020 11:00
West to northwest winds will reach force 6 or higher this evening and tonight on coasts from Erris Head to Malin Head to Carlingford Lough.
Issued: 17 January 2020 15:00
Northwest, 21 Knots, Gust 33 Knots, Fair, 5 Miles, 1011, Rising rapidly
West, 12 Knots, Recent rain shower, 18 Miles, 1014, Rising rapidly
Report not available
West-Northwest, 12 Knots, Fair, 26 Miles, 1017, Rising rapidly
West-Northwest, 14 Knots, Fair, 18 Miles, 1019, Rising rapidly
North-Northeast, 8 Knots, Rain shower, 4 Miles, 1019, Rising rapidly
Northwest, 12 Knots, Fair, 10 Miles, 1016, Rising
Northwest, 10 Knots, Gust 21 Knots, Fair, 10 Miles, 1015, Rising
West-Northwest, 17 Knots, Wave height not available, 1013, Rising
Report not available
West-Northwest, 20 Knots, Wave height not available, Pressure not available, Pressure tendency not available
Wind Direction Not available, Wind Speed Not available Knots, Wave ht: 3.9 m, 1018, Rising slowly
Sea Area Forecast until 1800 Saturday 18 January 2020. Issued at 1800 Friday 17 January 2020.
Meteorological Situation at 1500: Low pressure of 975 hPa, situated to the north of Scotland, places a moderate to fresh west to northwest airflow over Ireland. Associated frontal troughs embedded in the flow continue to track across the country.
Wind: West to northwest force 5 to 7. Soon decreasing northwest force 5, later northwest to west force 3 to 4.
Wind: West to northwest force 4 to 5, variable force 3 to 5 imminent, soon variable force 3 to 4.
Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1800 Sunday 19 January 2020: Light to moderate anticyclonic variable winds backing south to southwest and becoming fresh to strong along Atlantic coasts Sunday morning. Fair weather.