Spraying and drying conditions are to remain poor over the weekend, with more rain and wind promised by Met Eireann.

Today (Friday), rain will extend countrywide however, this will clear in the afternoon and evening.

There will be highest temperatures early in the day of 8 or 9 degrees.

It will then turn colder after the rain clears, with perhaps some sleet or hill snow for at time in the east.

The fresh southwest winds will ease and become west to northwest. Tonight the last of the rain and sleet will clear the east coast early with clear spells developing.

However, Met Eireann has said that showers will continue to affect southern and western coastal counties.

Temperatures will fall close to freezing but frost will be restricted to more sheltered areas due to southerly breezes.

Current indications suggest that tomorrow, Saturday, looks like a windy blustery day.

After a bright dry start for many areas on Saturday, rain looks set to become widespread in the afternoon and evening.

There will be highest temperatures on Saturday of around 7 or 8 degrees and the night will be cold with clear spells.

Met Eireann has said there will also be some wintry showers on Saturday night and it will stay pretty windy.

Looking to Sunday, more heavy rain is expected to become widespread in the afternoon and evening, meaning water-logging and saturation will continue to affect most soils.

There will also be a risk of sleet and hill snow in the north of the country after dark and it will remain windy.

Sunday night will be an unsettled night and current indications for next week suggest the weather will remain unsettled.

There will be further rain or showers on Monday and there is also the danger of severe winds for a time.

Beyond this not as windy but still unsettled and remaining a bit on the cold side, according to Met Eireann.