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Autumn in St Stephen’s Green

Autumn in St Stephen’s Green

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Autumn in St Stephen’s Green

It's time to wrap up warm as cooler than normal, but mainly dry, weather is headed for Dublin this weekend.

Last night saw some heavy rain in places, while today is forecast to be a "bright, fresh day with sunny spells and some passing showers".

Tomorrow, there will be rain early on, clearing to "decent sunshine in the afternoon in the city", according to forecaster Matthew Martin of Met Éireann.

"There will be lots of dry weather certainly for Dublin with sunny spells and the odd shower, but it will be predominantly dry," he said.

"Temperatures will be 11C to 13C by day, dropping down to 5C to 6C by night."

Those temperatures are just a degree or two below average, he said.

Mr Martin said the rain tomorrow will affect much of the country during the morning, but in the afternoon and evening it will be a mixture of sunshine and showers.

Pressure

The showers look like they will be most frequent and heavy across Connacht and Ulster.

Giving the national outlook, Mr Martin said that towards the weekend, there is a ridge of high pressure in the Atlantic and it looks like it's going to build a little bit towards Ireland for Saturday and Sunday.

"So the initial forecast for Saturday is for a good deal of dry weather, but there will be a few showers drifting south on a northerly breeze. It will be rather cool.

"Sunday itself looks like it will be mostly dry, but later in the evening there is a chance of some rain moving into the west coast."

It looks like daytime temperatures from tomorrow through to Sunday will be in the region of 10C to 13C, with chilly night time temperatures dropping to between 3C and 6C.