There is a mixed bag of scattered showers and spells of sunshine in store this weekend, according to Met Eireann.
Today, Friday, is set to bring a mix of sunshine and showers; these showers will tend to be more prevalent during the afternoon and evening, with a few likely to turn briefly heavy.
Temperatures are set to range from 16º to 19º in mostly moderate west to northwest breezes – these could increase to fresh and gusty at times, especially near showers.
It is expected to remain predominantly dry tonight with clear spells, with temperatures dropping to around 10º.
Over the next few days, drying conditions will be changeable due to mixed conditions. Meanwhile, spraying conditions will often be poor; some opportunities will occur in southeastern parts today and tomorrow, according to Met Eireann.
In the west and north, soil moisture deficits are currently low due to recent rainfall; but soil moisture deficits are moderate over east Munster and south Leinster. Ongoing showery conditions should not impact on growth, Met Eireann added.
Another mainly dry day is forecast tomorrow, Saturday. A mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers is also likely to occur.
It is set to be a fresh day with highest temperatures of between 15º and 18º in moderate westerly winds.
Tomorrow night is expected to be rather cool for this time of year, as temperatures drop to as low as 7º, with light winds and clear skies. There will be a risk of rain developing in western areas by dawn as cloud increases.
Sunday morning is forecast to be dry in the east and southeast with sunny spells. Otherwise, it will be cloudy with scattered outbreaks of rain.
There is a danger that this rain could be heavy and persistent at times – especially in the southwest, west and northwest.
It will be rather cool, according to Met Eireann, with temperatures ranging in the mid-teens in fresh southwesterly winds. The rain is expected to clear eastwards Sunday night and the winds will veer westerly and ease.
Early indications for next week suggest that heavy showers on Monday will die out; these showers will then be replaced with mainly dry, milder weather on both Tuesday and Wednesday.