Just a few showers this evening and the strong winds associated with Storm Elin will moderate.
Tonight, strong and gusty westerly winds will continue to ease with mostly clear weather following for much of the night. Later in the night, outbreaks of rain and freshening southerly winds will move in from the west. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees.
On Sunday, wet and breezy weather will quickly extend to all areas during the morning, with a temporary clearance in the late morning and early afternoon. From the mid-afternoon, Storm Fergus will bring strong west to northwest winds and outbreaks of thundery rain. Severe and damaging gusts expected again as well as some wave overtopping and possibly localised coastal flooding on western coasts. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.
Continuing windy this evening with sustained high westerly winds due to Storm Elin with some severe or damaging gusts continuing in parts of the north and east for a time. Heavy rain in Ulster will gradually clear northeastwards with clear spells and just the odd shower elsewhere.
Tonight, strong and gusty westerly winds will ease for a time with mostly clear weather following for much of the night. Rain will however affect northern fringes early on, and later in the night, outbreaks of rain and freshening southerly winds will move into Connacht and Munster. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees.
On Sunday, overnight wet and breezy weather will quickly extend to all areas during the morning, with a temporary clearance following. However, further outbreaks of thundery rain will extend down from the northwest into the afternoon and evening. Turning very windy from the west in the afternoon as Storm Fergus approaches. Winds will be particularly strong in the west with some severe or damaging gusts leading to some wave overtopping and possibly localised coastal flooding. Highest temperature of 8 to 12 degrees.
OUTLOOK:Unsettled with rain or showers early on. Less windy though and drier by mid-week. SUNDAY NIGHT: Windy for a time with rain clearing northeastwards. Turning cool in moderating westerly winds. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees with a tough of frost for a time later under clearing skies. MONDAY: Starting mostly dry with crisp sunshine. However, scattered outbreaks of rain will move into the South and West, gradually extending to other areas towards evening or early nightfall. Highest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees in a moderate south to southeast breeze. Scattered outbreaks of rain will persist overnight with some mist too. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees in light to moderate variable breezes. TUESDAY: A cloudy day with scattered outbreaks of rain along with areas of mist and drizzle. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees in light to moderate variable winds becoming northwest later. Generally dry, cool and clear after- dark, though some showers may clip the East Coast. Some frost is possible in light to moderate northerly winds. WEDNESDAY: Dry with spells of low winter sunshine and light variable breezes. Cool with highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.
National Weather Warning
Issued: 9 December 2023 12:04
Validity: 9 December 2023 12:04 to 11 December 2023 00:00
Marine Weather Warnings
1. West to northwest winds will reach gale force 8 or strong gale force 9 Saturday and early Saturday night on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea, reaching storm force 10 for a time in the northwest, and on the north Irish Sea.
2. South to southwest winds will reach gale force 8 at times late Saturday night and Sunday morning on Irish coastal waters from Wicklow Head to Dungarvan to Loop Head.
Issued: 9 December 2023 12:04
Small Craft Warning
Westerly winds today (Saturday), backing southerly overnight, will reach force 6 or higher on all Irish coasts.
Issued: 9 December 2023 12:04
Malin Head Automatic
North-Northwest, 26 Knots, Heavy rain, 1.7 Miles, 980, Falling slowly
West-Southwest, 19 Knots, Gust 34 Knots, Cloudy, 9 Miles, 984, Rising slowly
Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W
West, 27 Knots, Gust 37 Knots, Wave ht: 3.6 m, The visibility at Tuskar is greater than 10 Miles, 992, Rising rapidly
Roches Point Automatic
West, 23 Knots, Fair, 7 Miles, 994, Rising rapidly
Sherkin Island Automatic
West, 24 Knots, Gust 38 Knots, Mist, 4 Miles, 996, Rising rapidly
West, 21 Knots, Gust 32 Knots, Mist, 4 Miles, 996, Rising
Mace Head Automatic
West, 36 Knots, Gust 50 Knots, Mist, 3 Miles, 989, Rising rapidly
West, 23 Knots, Gust 39 Knots, Mist, 4 Miles, 987, Rising rapidly
Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W
West, 28 Knots, Gust 39 Knots, Wave ht: 2.3 m, 983, Rising slowly
Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W
West, 25 Knots, Wave ht: 4.8 m, 998, Rising
Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W
West-Southwest, 10 Knots, Wave ht: 3.4 m, 984, Rising slowly
Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W
West, 24 Knots, Wave ht: 4.7 m, 995, Rising
Sea Area Forecast
Sea Area Forecast until 1200 Sunday 10 December 2023. Issued at 1200 Saturday 9 December 2023.
Meteorological Situation at 0900: Storm Elin, a depression of 979hPa, centred over the north of Ireland, is feeding in a gale or strong gale force westerly wind, reaching storm force at times. As the storm slowly tracks eastwards, the winds will gradually ease tonight.
Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Erris Head to Malin Head to Fair Head
Wind: Increasing west to northwest gale force 8 or strong gale force 9 imminent, reaching storm force 10 at times. Soon decreasing westerly force 5 to 7 and gusty. Later decreasing southwesterly force 4 or 5 before increasing southerly force 5 or 6 and gusty.
Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Fair Head to Howth Head to Carnsore Point and for the Irish Sea
Wind: Increasing westerly force 7 to strong gale force 9 and gusty, possibly reaching storm force 10 for a time on the north Irish Sea. Soon decreasing force 6 to gale force 8 and gusty, strongest on the north Irish Sea. Later decreasing southwesterly force 4 or 5 and gusty before increasing southerly force 5 to 7 and gusty by the end of the period.
Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carnsore Point to Mizen Head to Erris Head
Wind: Westerly force 7 or gale force 8 and gusty, decreasing force 6 or 7 and gusty imminent. Soon decreasing west to southwest mainly force 5 or 6. Later increasing southerly or cyclonic variable force 6 or 7 and gusty, occasionally gale force 8. Veering southwest to west by the end of the period.
Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1200 Monday 11 December 2023: Mostly strong to near gale force southerly winds at first, becoming moderate to fresh cyclonic variable in the north on Sunday afternoon and evening while increasing gale or strong gale force elsewhere, reaching storm force for a time in the west. Winds will decrease moderate to strong westerly Sunday night, veering southerly in the west towards the end of the period. Weather: Rain or showers with the chance of thunderstorms.