Weather forecast: Heavy rain and wind for much of the weekend

Galway Daily weather Galway Weather: Wet and windy start to the week ahead

The weather forecast isn’t looking good for a weekend at the beach, with persistent heavy rain expected through Friday and Saturday.

The weather forecast from Met Eireann predicts an inauspicious Thursday night setting the tone for the weekend with overcast skies expected to give way to persistent showers again this evening.

Highest temperatures overnight will be in the region of 12 degrees with light southerly winds.

On Friday the rain will taper off in the early morning before picking up with a vengeance again around midday, with heavy showers to persist throughout the day.

The heaviest rains are expected in coastal areas with up to 15mm of rain forecast, but persistent showers will also feature inland.

Moderate winds southwesterly winds, becoming variable at times are expected, with highest temperatures of 13 – 14 degrees.

Rain will persist throughout Saturday with heavy showers expected throughout Galway with roughly 10mm accumulating during the day.

That will be accompanied by strong west to northwesterly winds reaching 30 – 40km/hr in many coastal areas but weaker overland and dropping off in the evening.

Average temperatures on Saturday will be in the region of 11 degrees, cooling off through the day.

The weather forecast is looking slightly better for Sunday with only light showers expected in the early afternoon and the sun may even peak out from behind the clouds at times.

Don’t expect that change to be reflected in the temperature however as the mercury is not expected to rise above 10 degrees.