In the fortnight since my last report water levels on the river have steadily dropped and catches have increased in improving conditions. The best fishing was during the 10th, 11th and 12th of March when 11 fish were reported over the 3 days. The weather has become increasingly mild and dry. Air temperatures have been up to 14 degrees Celsius and water temperatures have crept above 8 degrees for the first time this season. The gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge is now showing 0.55 metres. I have been informed by the OPW that the gauge at the bridge which had been scheduled for removal has had a temporary reprieve pending a review by the area engineer. Live data from the gauge can be accessed here http://waterlevel.ie/0000035029/
Weather Forecast From Met Eireann
Dry and cold tonight in light northeast breezes. Generally cloudy and misty with fog in parts. Clear spells occurring in parts too though, leading to a slight to sharp frost. Lowest temperatures will range -1 to +4 degrees Celsius, values at their lowest across Munster.
Saturday will be another dry day with light northeast breezes. Rather dull to begin with mist, fog and any frost clearing. Becoming brighter in the afternoon, as cloud thins out and sunshine breaks through. Some areas remaining overcast though, namely ports the north and northwest. Highest temperatures 9 to 13 or 14 degrees, again a bit cooler on north and east facing coasts.
Saturday night will be dry with variable amounts of cloud but clear spells are likely in most areas. There will be little or no wind and it will be cold enough for slight to sharp ground frost to occur, together with patches of fog. Sunday will be another dry day countrywide with a mixture of cloud and sunny spells. Winds will remain light and temperatures will be near normal.
Dry and settled weather conditions will persist for Monday and Tuesday also. There will be variable cloud and light breezes on both days and temperatures will be close to normal; however, nights will always be colder, with local frost and some fog patches.
Dry and bright conditions will continue for much of Wednesday also but westerly breezes will develop as the day goes on and cloud will tend to increase. Rain arriving in the northwest of the country early on Wednesday night is likely to spread countrywide as the night goes on, accompanied by freshening, northwesterly winds. Rain will clear to sunshine and showers early on Thursday morning but fresh and gusty, northwesterly winds will persist throughout the day, making it feel cold.
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