It will be a cold and wet weekend but it is to become dryer and colder again next week, according to Met Eireann.

Today, Friday, will be a cold day with some bright or short sunny spells.

However, it will generally be cloudy with some showery rain at times, but much of Connacht should have a lot of dry bright weather.

There will be top temperatures of 4 to 9 degrees Celsius and these will be highest in the southwest in a moderate southeast to east breeze.

Tonight will be misty and cloudy with further showery rain in many areas. This rain will turn more persistent in the southwest and south later in the night.

It will be a cold night with temperatures nearly at freezing and some patchy frost is promised under any cloud breaks.

Looking to tomorrow, Saturday, it will be a cold and mostly cloudy day with yet more rain.

This rain will become persistent and heavy in places, especially in the afternoon and there is the possibility of some sleet on hills in the north of the country too.

Highest temperatures tomorrow will be between 4 and 7 degrees as winds become light and variable as the day goes on.

According to Met Eireann, it looks like rain will continue for a time on Saturday night, occasionally heavy on east coasts with possibly some sleet or snow on high ground.

Temperatures will probably stay a few degrees above freezing in most parts, with just a risk of frost.

For the coming week, rainfall amounts are forecast to be below normal roughly in the northeastern half, but above in the southwestern part of the country

Current indications suggest that it will be another cold day on Sunday, but rain should become light and patchy, although showers may affect east and north coasts throughout the day.

Temperatures will be 5 or 6 degrees at best and northeast winds will be moderate or fresh, making it feel extra cold.

It’s promised to be cold and mostly clear overnight with widespread frost once again, severe in many parts as winds turning northerly.

Outlook for next week – Met Eireann

Field conditions are to remain quite poor next week and many will remain waterlogged. With fog and showers also promised, both spraying and drying conditions will remain poor.

Monday morning will have a cold and frosty start, with any frost slow to clear but otherwise it will be a generally dry day with good sunshine.

It will still be cold though, temperatures unchanged at 5 or 6 degrees in the afternoon but with little or no wind.

Monday night will be very frosty again with air temperatures below freezing in many parts and fog may form as well, Met Eireann has promised.

Current indications suggest that Tuesday will start cold but dry with sunshine after frost and fog clearance, but that later in the day it will become cloudy with rain to follow from the west in freshening southerly winds.

It seems likely that colder and drier weather will follow again for Wednesday.