Irish weather forecast: A week of heavy rain and gusty winds expected in Ireland

Storm Atiyah may have passed but the Irish weather forecast has warned that strong winds and heavy rain are to continue.

Irish weather forecast experts, Met Eireann, have predicted a wet and windy week with the worst conditions to hit Ireland’s west coast.

Heavy downpours will continue countrywide with the risk of thunder increasing as the week progresses.

 A bright start

The Irish weather forecast for this week has promised a bright start today with clear skies and sunny spells for most.

Rain will arrive in the northeast towards the afternoon with temperatures of 7 degrees Celsius in Belfast.

The rest of the country will remain dry with temperatures varying between 8C in the west and 10C in the south.

Northwesterly winds will be strong but ease towards Monday evening as the Irish weather forecast predicts more rain will arrive from the Atlantic.

Showers will continue to spread overnight, becoming heavy in parts of the west and along the southwest coast.

Temperatures will drop as low as 4C in the capital but remain a warmer 10C in Munster despite the heavy rain.

By Tuesday morning the entire country will be under a band of rain with gusty southerly winds picking up.

Wet and windy

The rain and strong winds will continue towards Tuesday afternoon with downpours becoming heavy along the western and southern coastlines.

Temperatures will stay in double figures with an average 14C in Dublin and 12C in Galway.

Conditions will clear from the Atlantic towards Tuesday evening with temperatures staying relatively mild for December.

High winds will veer towards the southwest, easing for a short while before the temperature drops and the Irish weather forecast promises a very cold night.

Rural parts of the Midlands are forecast to drop as low as 2C while the southeast will struggle to maintain a slightly warmer 5C.

The Irish weather forecast has predicted a mix of clear skies and scattered showers to continue on Tuesday night.

 A risk of hail and thunder will arrive in Connacht during the early hours of Wednesday morning while rain will become icy over higher areas.

As the day dawns wintry conditions will develop with lows of between 5C and 7C, scattered showers in the west and southerly winds strengthening.

Risk of thunder

Rain and wind will continue throughout Wednesday afternoon with showers becoming heavier in north Ulster, Connacht and west Munster.

The Irish weather forecast has warned Atlantic coastal counties may get hit with hail, thunder and gusty winds.

Temperatures of 6C in Belfast and 8C in Cork will make it feel very wintry but sunny spells in the cities will offer good Christmas shopping conditions.

Temperatures will plummet again overnight to a very chilly 2C in the northeast and 1C in the Midlands, bringing a risk of early morning frost in the east.

Occasional showers will continue on Thursday with longer spells of rain along the west coast.

Southwesterly breezes will become moderate and temperatures will recover slightly to between 7C and 11C.

Winds will pick up again overnight before settling ahead of Friday morning.

Scattered showers are set to continue throughout the end of the week into next weekend.