A relatively dry start to the coming week today (Monday, March 8) will be followed by a wet and windy few days, with heavy rain and strong winds anticipated this week, according to Met Éireann.
It will be dry in many areas to start this morning but rain and drizzle in the west and northwest will gradually spread eastwards today.
It will become patchier as it spreads with many eastern areas holding dry through the day. Highest temperatures of 7° to 11° are expected, in light to moderate southwest winds, fresh on west and northwest coasts.
Lowest temperatures of 3° to 6° are forecast with mist forming in light to moderate south to southwest winds.
Tomorrow morning will be cloudy, but dry for most, apart from patchy drizzle in the south and southeast, Met Éireann says. However, rain will push into the west in the afternoon, spreading eastwards through the day.
The rain will be heavy at times, particularly in western areas. It will become windier as the rain spreads, with moderate southwest winds increasing fresh to strong and gusty, reaching near gale force on western and northwestern coasts.
Highest temperatures will reach 8° to 11°.
Clear spells will develop, mainly over the northern half of the country. Fresh to strong southerly winds early on will veer westerly and ease mainly moderate overnight.
Lowest temperatures of 3° to 6° are given.
It will be mainly dry to begin on Wednesday morning with some sunny spells but rain will push into the west and southwest through the morning, becoming widespread during the afternoon with heavy falls at times, the national meteorological office says.
Again, it will be windy and wet on Wednesday night with fresh to strong and gusty southwest to west winds.
There will be further spells of rain overnight, followed by heavy squally showers, some of hail and thunder. Lowest temperatures will hold around 4° to 7°, Met Éireann adds.
It will remain windy on Thursday with widespread heavy squally showers, some of hail and thunder. Highest temperatures of 7° to 10° are expected in fresh and gusty westerly winds.
Widespread showers will continue through Thursday night, with the continued risk of hail and thunder. Lowest temperatures will drop to 2° to 4° in mainly fresh southwest winds.