Mild unsettled week on the cards
A mild, unsettled week is in store for the country, according to Met Eireann.
Today will be mainly dry and bright with good sunny spells, the national meteorological office has forecast.
There are expected to be a few isolated light showers near north-west and north coasts. Highest temperatures will peak at 8° to 11° with light or moderate west to north-west breezes.
Around midnight, rain will develop in the south-west and will spread eastwards over much of the country by dawn along with freshening south to south-east winds.
Drying conditions will be generally poor in the week ahead due to frequent bouts of wet and windy weather, while spraying conditions will also be limited with changeable and blustery conditions at times.
Some moderate drained soils may become waterlogged at times over the coming week.
Tomorrow will be cloudy and blustery with outbreaks of rain and fresh, gusty south to south-east winds. The rain will clear eastwards through the late afternoon and evening with clear weather following and winds becoming westerly.
Highest temperatures will hit 10° to 13°, according to the forecaster.
Tomorrow night will be cool and breezy, but dry apart from a few showers near west coasts.
Wednesday will be a cold, bright and breezy day with a mix of sunny spells and passing showers.
The showers will occur mainly across western counties – some prolonged, but will be isolated further east, while showers will be south-west and winds will be fresh and blustery.
A longer spell of rain will affect most areas on Wednesday evening with sleet on hills.
Strong south-west winds will ease during the evening and a slight ground frost may occur overnight.
Then rain and strong south-west winds will spread to all parts during Friday.
The rain will be heavy too with winds gusting to gale force; however, it should stay mainly mild, Met Eireann predicts.