Hats and scarves at the ready

If you're planning your long weekend, you better take the weather forecast into account.

Believe it or not but sometimes, just sometimes, the Irish weather doesn't play ball. Here's how it's shaping up for this bank holiday weekend, according to Met Eireann.

Spoiler alert: it'll be a cold one. 

Saturday (St Patrick's Day)

It's set to be a cold and breezy St Patrick’s Day, with afternoon temperatures hitting highs of just 3 degrees in the east and around 7 degrees further west. Most places will stay dry but a few showers are likely.

Saturday night will be cold and frosty with a mix of clear spells and some sleet and snow showers, particulatrly in the eastern parts of Leinster. Temperatures will drop to as low as -4 degrees Celsius.


It'll be another chilly and breezy day with highs of just 4 degrees. There's the chance of some sleet or snow showers, mainly in eastern areas. On Saturday night, temperatures will drop to as low as -5 degrees in places with a widespread severe frost and icy roads. 

Bank Holiday Monday

Monday will be cold and bright but with occasional sunny spells. Most places will stay dry on Bank Holiday Monday with just the odd wintry flurry along the east coast. After a frosty morning, temperatures will recover and hit a maximum of 7 degrees but it'll turn back cold, frosty and icy on Monday night.