Brief break from recent
unpredictable weather

Sabrina Hackett and Michael Wall out and about in Edgeworthstown despite the cold winter weather. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
People all over the country have been suffering in recent weeks with the persistent bad weather Ireland is currently experiencing. Low temperatures, biting winds and even snow showers have affected the day-to-day lives of many.

People all over the country have been suffering in recent weeks with the persistent bad weather Ireland is currently experiencing. Low temperatures, biting winds and even snow showers have affected the day-to-day lives of many.

In their March 2013 report, Met Eireann revealed that monthly mean temperatures hit a record low in most areas of the country. The lowest monthly mean recorded was 2.7°C at Knock Airport, Co. Mayo, and the highest was 6.0°C at Sherkin Island, West Cork. Dublin Airport recorded a mean temperature of 3.1°C, its coldest March since the site opened 71 years ago.

In Longford, conditions will improve slightly with temperatures expected to rise to 7°C this Thursday, April 4th. Friday will be cloudy, but winds are expected to die down to 7km/h, a decrease of 17km/h from this past Tuesday.

Nationwide, the weather will get slightly warmer, with temperatures rising by a degree or two during the week. Thursday and Friday are expected to be dry with sunny spells. However, there will be a possibility of rain in coastal areas. Highest daytime temperature will be 6-9°C. Saturday will be dry and mild during the day, but a return to rain is expected Saturday night through to Sunday. Despite the small rise in temperature during the day, temperatures will continue to drop at night. Temperatures are expected to hit -3°C or -4°C in places on Thursday and Friday night with a risk of frost.

Early indications for next week show that although the weather will be slightly milder with the temperature closer to normal, it will also be unsettled and changeable.