The Mourne Mountains, photographed from Annalong in Co Down earlier this week

The Mourne Mountains, photographed from Annalong in Co Down earlier this week

According to Met Eireann’s latest forecast next week’s weather is looking pretty good with warm summer sunshine expected.

Met Eireann says from Monday onwards going into midweek the weather will be mostly settled and dry. Winds will be light and variable in direction. Inland temperatures will get into the early twenties and the nights will be very mild.

In the shorter term today will be mostly overcast with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle and mist in parts according to Met Eireann. There will be sunny spells breaking through in parts too though, driest in the southeast and for time yet across the north midlands. Breezy, with fresh and gusty southwest winds, strongest near Atlantic fringes. Highest temperatures 16 to 19 degrees Celsius, mildest across the south of Leinster.

Tonight will feature scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle continuing tonight, driest across southern and northern regions. Mist and low cloud persisting in some regions. Relatively mild with lowest temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees Celsius. Southwest breezes will ease, decreasing moderate overnight.

Latest forecasts suggest Saturday will rather cloudy and somewhat breezy, later in the day sunny spells will develop more widely. Many areas will hold dry, however some showers will occur, most of these across Ulster. Highest temperatures of 16 to 18 degrees Celsius.

Saturday night will be humid and misty with light winds and near calm conditions. Mist will form widely and may thicken to fog inland. Sunday will be a dry day in most places, but a little light rain or drizzle will occur in parts of the west and north.