A mild and mainly dry week in store
This week is set to be mild and dry, but it is likely to turn cooler and more unsettled later in the week, according to Met Eireann.
This morning, Monday, is forecast to start off mostly cloudy with some patchy drizzle in places.
It is expected to brighten up during the morning, with the rest of the day set to turn very mild and mainly dry with some sunny spells.
Clouds are likely to thicken along west and north coasts, with some patchy drizzle at times. Temperatures are forecast to reach between 13 to 17 degrees in moderate west to southwest breezes.
Tonight is expected to remain mild and dry in most areas, as temperatures range from 8 to 10 degrees.
However, rain is likely to develop along western and northern coasts, with a few patches of rain spreading further inland across the west and northwest later.
Trafficability should improve somewhat in well drained and moderately drained soils. However, poorly drained soils will remain saturated, according to Met Eireann.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, is forecast to be mostly cloudy, with patches of rain and drizzle spreading to many parts of the country. But amounts are likely to be very small and some parts are expected to remain largely dry.
Brighter weather, with just a few scattered showers, will develop in the northwest and will extend slowly southeastwards later.
Highest temperatures of 15 degrees are forecast in moderate west to southwest winds, which will turn fresh along Ulster and north Connacht coasts.
Tuesday night is set to be cold and mostly dry at first, with a risk of slight frost. But milder conditions will spread from the southwest later, with patchy drizzle and mist mainly on Atlantic coasts, according to Met Eireann.
It is forecast to be dry in most areas on Wednesday, with some sunny breaks developing.
A little patchy drizzle or mist will be possible along west and northwest coasts.
It is set to remain mild on Wednesday night, with patches of light rain and drizzle forecast to fall in the north and west.
Thursday is set to be mostly cloudy for a time, with a little patchy light rain or drizzle.
A few scattered showers are forecast to spread from the northwest during the day.
It is likely to turn colder, in moderate northwesterly winds, as temperatures range from 9 to 11 degrees.
Thursday night is set to be cold at first, with a risk of slight frost. However, rain will spread from the Atlantic later in the night.
Early indications suggest that it will be wet and windy leading into St Patrick’s Day on Friday.
Occasional rain and fresh to strong southwesterly winds are forecast, with temperatures dropping to between 9 and 12 degrees.
Meanwhile, conditions are set to become windier and more unsettled next weekend.