The dry weather is to continue for the weekend and for much of next week with just a few showers at times, according to Met Eireann.

Today (Friday) will be dry for most of the day but it will remain dull and misty with patches of light rain or drizzle, it says.

There will be brighter weather in the west and south today (Friday) spells of sunshine will gradually spread to all parts this afternoon, however the northeast may stay cloudy for much of the day with occasional light rain, Met Eireann says.

Friday will be a cooler day than Thursday, it says with maximum temperatures of 14 to 19 degrees.

Friday night will be dry in most areas with clear spells with just a few scattered showers in west and northwest coastal areas, it says.

Looking to the weekend, tomorrow (Saturday) will be a cool day with sunny spells, but there will be some scattered showers also.

There will be maximum temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees on Saturday, it says, in a light to moderate southwesterly wind.

Saturday night will be mostly dry with clear spells but there will be a few scattered showers mainly along Atlantic coasts, Met Eireann says.

On Sunday, it says it will be a mainly dry and bright day with sunny spells however a few scattered showers will occur, it says.

According to Met Eireann maximum temperatures will be between 16 and 19 degrees in light southerly or variable breezes.

Outlook for next week

Monday will be a little warmer than Sunday and mostly dry, with sunny spells and just a few isolated showers, it says.

It will become cloudier along southwest and west coasts, with a little patchy rain or drizzle developing later in maximum temperatures of 17 to 20 degrees, Met Eireann says.

Tuesday will be a dry day in most areas, with sunny spells and just a few isolated showers and there will be maximum temperatures of 17 to 21 degrees, it says.

From Wednesday onwards, Met Eireann, says that the outlook is uncertain but a lot of dry weather is expected to continue with relatively small amounts of rain.