Persistent falls of rain are promised this weekend with spot flooding likely in parts, according to Met Eireann.

Today, Friday, is promised to be a cloudy and breezy day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle affecting all areas this morning.

However, drier and clearer weather will follow from the west in the afternoon.

Highest temperatures today will reach between 7 and 10 degrees Celsius, in fresh to strong southwesterly later veering westerly winds.

Scattered blustery showers are to die out this evening and Met Eireann has indicated that drier clearer weather will develop for a time.

Frost will develop locally overnight but cloud will increase as the night goes on bringing scattered outbreaks of rain from the Atlantic.

Lowest temperatures tonight will range between 3 and 6 degrees.

Looking to the weekend, a frontal band of rain is likely to creep in on Saturday and stall through Sunday.

This band of rain will bring persistent falls of rain to many areas as land continues to remain very heavy as poorly drained soils are still waterlogged. Little change is expected in field conditions.

Met Eireann has said that spot flooding is possible across the central belt of the country.

Counties in the south of the country may just see small amounts of rain and there is a chance of some sunny spells in the far north of the country.

For the weekend and week ahead, there looks to be no improvement in spraying and drying conditions.

Highest temperatures are forecast to range between 5 and 13 degrees, north to south, with moderate to fresh westerly breezes.

Current indications suggest that there will be a cold start to next week. Monday will start off cold with frost and ice.

It is promised to stay cold throughout the day with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers.

Met Eireann has promised that these wintry showers will revert back to rain in the late morning on Monday.

Meanwhile, there will be highest temperatures on Monday of only 5 to 8 degrees, however it will feel colder with an added wind chill effect due to a brisk northwest wind.

This coming week looks to be very unsettled and with Met Eireann indicating that rainfall is likely to be above average in many areas but southern counties are likely to be drier with below normal rainfall.