Cold, dry, bright day ahead with frost again tonight
The weather will turn colder for a time from midweek but conditions will be unsettled overall, according to the latest bulletin from Met Éireann.
Generally cloudy to start today, with patches of rain or drizzle. There will be good dry spells in the afternoon in most places, with the patchy rain mainly becoming confined to the west and northwest. Some pockets of mist or fog too. Sunny spells will develop during the day, best of these in the south. Light to moderate west to northwest winds, turning fresher later this evening. Temperatures back to normal with highs of 8 to 11 degrees.
Tonight will be a milder night than of recent with cloudy or misty conditions. There will be patches of rain or drizzle, most persistent in Atlantic coastal areas. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees with moderate to fresh west to northwest winds.
Tomorrow will be dry in many parts during the morning with just patches of drizzle and cloudy or dull conditions. Heavy rain will develop in the west and northwest by around midday and spread southeastwards through the afternoon. Becoming breezier too with freshening southwest winds, increasing strong in some coastal areas. Rain will clear to showers later in the evening. Highest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees.
Breezy with scattered showers or longer spells of rain, some showers heavy, on Tuesday night. There will be clear intervals too. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees. Fresh northwest winds will be strong near coasts.
Wednesday is expected to be a blustery showery day, with showers prolonged at times, some possibly heavy. There will be sunny spells between showers. Showers will be most frequent in the west and north. Quite windy in fresh to strong northwest winds. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees, coldest in Ulster.
Further showers will feed in from the north on Wednesday night, some possibly turning to sleet. Showers will become more isolated overnight as northwest winds ease light to moderate. A cold night with some frost forming under long clear spells in lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 degrees, not as cold in western coastal areas.
Dry and broadly sunny to begin on Thursday, but cloud will thicken from the west through the morning. Quite cold with afternoon temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees. Light northwest winds will back southwest through the day. Rain will move into the west later in the afternoon, and it will turn breezier. The rain may fall as sleet for a time initially as it moves eastwards later.
Cold early in the night on Thursday in many parts with temperatures near freezing. However, it will turn milder as wet and breezy conditions in the west quickly spreads eastwards overnight. Rain will clear to showers before dawn.
Scattered showers and sunny spells on Friday, showers most frequent in the west and northwest. Feeling chilly in afternoon highs of 5 to 8 degrees and a moderate to fresh northwesterly breeze.
Current indications show that next weekend will continue unsettled in a showery northwesterly airflow, feeling quite chilly or cold.