A mild, wet and windy week ahead

The week ahead will be milder, wetter and windier than it has been over the past number of weeks, according to Met Eireann.

Rainfall amounts over the past two weeks or so were recorded at less than 1mm for much of the country.

However, Met Eireann has said that this is about to change; the high pressure that has lingered over Ireland and Britain retreats towards southern Europe and a more unsettled and wetter regime becomes re-established.

Rainfall for the next 7 days or so (not including today Monday) will be around 70 to 100% of normal for much of the country, it said.

Drying conditions are forecast to be poor and field conditions will deteriorate by the end of next week as the season starts to becomes wetter.

Today, Monday, will be dry in most parts, but it will also be cloudy.

Some patchy rain and drizzle is forecast to occur in coastal areas, but will spread further inland during the evening.

It’s expected to be cold in the northern half of the country, with top temperatures of just 5 to 7 degrees, but values of 8 to 11 degrees, elsewhere, the best of these along the south coast.

Winds will be moderate to fresh southeasterly, according to Met Eireann.

Tonight is forecast to be a cloudy night with occasional light rain or drizzle, becoming persistent in Atlantic coastal counties by morning in freshening southeasterly breezes.

A mild frost-free night is forecast everywhere with lowest temperatures ranging 6 to 8 degrees in the north and 9 to 11 degrees further south.

According to Met Eireann, there will be rain tomorrow, Tuesday, which will be persistent about Atlantic coastal counties in the morning.

This rain looks set to push eastwards during the day and it could be heavy at times. Top temperatures are to range between 12 to 14 degrees in moderate to fresh southeasterly breezes, veering southerly later.

On Tuesday night there will be periods of rain as moderate to fresh southerly winds veering lighter southwesterly later.

Current indications suggest that on Wednesday rain will turn to sunny spells and showers from the west.

Thursday looks set to be mainly dry with sunny spells, however outbreaks or rain are forecast to arrive in the southwest later.

The outlook for next weekend is for further unsettled weather.