Frosty start to week to give way to spells of rain in coming days
A dry, cold start to the week is expected to be followed by milder, wetter weather over the coming days, according to Met Éireann.
It will be dry today with a mix of cloud and sunshine. The best of the sunshine will be in the south and east of the country, with cloudier conditions in the west and north.
After a chilly start temperatures will rise to 10° to 12° in light north-west or variable breezes.
Cloud will increase in the west and north overnight and it will be less cold there with 3° to 6°. Light south-west winds will increase moderate to fresh on north-west coasts.
With showers and light winds, drying opportunities will be limited for much of the week. Tomorrow currently looks like the best day.
There should be good opportunities for spraying today with dry conditions and light winds. Current indications suggest that Thursday could have good spraying conditions.
Sunshine is likely to come in above normal over the next several days.
Tomorrow, after a bright start, cloud will thicken from the west and it will become breezy later as well. It will stay largely dry though.
Highest temperatures of 11° to 13° are expected. South-west winds will increase moderate to fresh later in the day.
Outbreaks of rain will move in across Connacht and Ulster tomorrow night but it will stay mainly dry elsewhere. Minimum temperatures of 7° to 9° are forecast in moderate to fresh southerly winds.
On Wednesday, rain in the west will gradually spread across the country. The rain will turn heavy at times in the west.
It will become breezy as well with fresh and gusty southerly winds. Early Wednesday night the rain will clear with just a few showers following. Minimum temperatures will again drop to 4° to 7° in light westerly breezes.
It looks like it will be mostly dry on Thursday with some sunny spells.
Highest temperatures will be between 9° and 12° in light breezes, Met Éireann says.
In this scenario it will become milder as well from the south as the day goes on. Strong winds are also possible with the rain, the national meteorological office concludes.