Met Eireann weather forecast for today and tonight

Met Eireann confirm likelihood of a white St Patrick's Day

Top temperatures in some areas at the weekend will be around 1° C to 2° C in the north and east of the country, while it will be milder in west and south west coasts with highs of 5° C to 6° C.

A Yellow Alert wind warning is in place with winds expected to reach speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts between 90 and 100km/h.

Friday will be a balmy 8C in Kilkenny with some rainfall also expected.

According to Met Eireann, rain will gradually clear northeastwards tonight to scattered showers and some clear spells in the southwest and west by morning.

The front won't bring conditions anything like as harsh as "The Beast from the East" two weeks ago, but will ensure temperatures are between four and six degrees below normal for St Patrick's weekend.

The chill is set to continue into Sunday with more snow showers, mainly over Leinster and the eastern half of Munster with more frost overnight. "Very cold and frosty again on Sunday night, but mostly dry".

Worst hit will be mountainous areas across Munster. "Turning colder with daytime temperatures back to 5°C in a strong easterly wind".

If you love films and TV, you're going to love this. "It will not be pleasant standing around watching a parade", she said. "This is not unusual".

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