Dry spells and scattered showers on the way this weekend – Met Eireann

There will be a cold start to the weekend, with a mix of dry spells and scattered showers forecast for the weekend with heavier rain next week, according to Met Eireann.

Today is promised to be a cold day but it will be bright with sunny spells along with showers of rain and hail.

The showers are forecast to be isolated in the morning but will become widespread and possibly heavy in the afternoon.

Highest temperatures today will range between 8 and 10 degrees with moderate north to northwest breezes.

Tonight will be mainly dry with clear spells and just a few showers on northwest coasts and Met Eireann has said it will be cold with lowest temperatures of minus 1 to 2 degrees with frost in places.

Saturday meanwhile is forecast to be a bright day with sunny spells and some well scattered showers.

Drying conditions will continue to be reasonably good, especially in the midlands and Munster, however, Met Eireann has said there will be showers, which will negate some of the drying.

Highest temperatures are expected to be in the region of 9 to 11 degrees. On Saturday night a band of heavy rain is promised to move eastwards across the country.

Sunday will start off mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain, but Met Eireann has said it will brighten up with a mix of dry periods and some showers.

It is promised to be noticeably milder on Sunday with highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees and moderate westerly breezes.

However, through Sunday night another band of rain will cross the country.

Current indications suggest that it will clear eastwards on Monday morning with showers following for the rest of the day, some heavy.

On Monday, highest temperatures will range between 10 to 12 degrees with fresh, gusty westerly winds. Tuesday will bring a mix of sunshine and showers, according to Met Eireann.

There will be good spraying opportunities most days with moderate north to northwest breezes, it said. The best opportunities will be in the morning as there’s promised to be a greater risk of showers in the afternoon.

The weather is forecast to continue unsettled through the middle part of next week with rain or showers at times.

There will be little or no improvement in growth over the weekend and into next week as soil temperatures drop somewhat and frost is promised for many of the nights.