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Green, bright and orange Ireland weather: Sunny St Patrick's Day with 15C highs after foggy start

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People enjoy sunshine at the Wellington Monument

People enjoy sunshine at the Wellington Monument

People enjoy sunshine at the Wellington Monument

A bright, sunny St Patrick’s Day beckons for most of the country although four counties will be under a Status Yellow Fog warning until 9am.

The Met Eireann alert for Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Connacht states that conditions will lead to reduced visibility in these counties.

The fog will then slowly clear to leave a mainly dry day with sunny spells and temperatures that could hit balmy highs of 15 degrees.

Cloud will build over Connacht and Ulster through the afternoon, bringing some patchy drizzle to the northwest but it will be brighter over Leinster and Munster.

Leinster and Munster will see the best of the sunshine with highs of 12 to 15 degrees but just 10 to 13 degrees elsewhere.

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Sunshine in Merrion Square

Sunshine in Merrion Square

Sunshine in Merrion Square

Cloud will spread further southwards over the country tonight with scattered patches of drizzle drifting across the country. Temperatures will dip to six to nine degrees with mist and fog patches forming in a light north-westerly breeze.

It will be a dull and misty to start tomorrow with scattered patches of drizzle. It will remain cloudy through the day but will turn drier in the afternoon as drizzle becomes confined to the north and northwest.

Met Eireann predicts that high pressure will continue to dominate our weather through to the weekend, bringing mainly dry and settled conditions. It will be generally cloudy however, and patchy drizzle will occur at times.

Patchy light drizzle will continue in places on Thursday night but many areas will be dry with occasional clear spells. Friday will be mainly cloudy but dry over most of the country apart from light drizzle on west and northwest coasts.

Some bright or sunny spells will develop over southern counties and highest temperatures will be between 10 to 13 degrees in a light north to northeast breeze.

Friday night will be dry for most of the country, though scattered patches of drizzle will develop overnight. It will continue generally cloudy with occasional clear spells developing later.

It will be mainly cloudy again on Saturday with a good deal of dry weather. However, there will be patches of drizzle, mainly on hills and coasts. This will linger in places on Saturday night but clear spells will gradually develop overnight.

Current indications suggest that Sunday will be largely dry with just isolated patches of drizzle. It will be generally cloudy, though there will be sunny spells through the day. Highest temperatures of nine to 12 degrees in a light to moderate westerly breeze.

“High pressure will continue to be the dominant feature of our weather early next week, bringing a good deal of dry and bright weather,” Met Eireann predicts.

“Then, current indications suggest midweek will bring a breakdown of this settled spell, with Atlantic frontal systems crossing the country and bringing rainfall.”

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