Deerwood Forest in Virginia yesterday morning. Photo: Marion Clancy

Mainly dry day with some sunny spells

Weather Update from Met Éireann

High pressure continuing to bring generally settled weather, with typical temperatures for the time of year. There will be some rain at times this weekend. That's the latest bulletin from national weather forecaster Met Éireann.

Frost, ice and any isolated patches of mist and fog will clear this morning to leave a mainly dry day with more cloud than recent days but with some spells of sunshine too. There may the odd spot of drizzle in northwestern coastal parts. Highest temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees, mildest towards Atlantic coasts, in mostly light variable or southwest breezes, a little bit fresher in coastal parts of the northwest.

Tonight will be dry with a mix of cloud and clear spells and with some mist and fog forming, becoming dense in places. A cold night generally with lowest temperatures mostly ranging from -2 to +3 degrees with some frost and ice forming, coldest in eastern parts. It will be less cold along Atlantic coasts.

The frost and ice will clear with the mist and fog slowly clearing from most parts to leave a mainly dry day tomorrow (Friday) with a good lot of cloud but some bright or sunny spells developing too. There's a chance that the fog may persist in a few spots locally. Highs of 5 to 9 degrees, staying colder in any fog, with a light southeast breeze.

Friday night is expected mainly dry but rather cloudy with just occasional clearer periods. Some patches of fog will form in light southerly winds, and there may be patchy drizzle too near coasts. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 4 degrees generally, milder in the southwest.

Saturday will have a good deal of dry weather with a mix of cloud and some brighter periods. There will be patches of light rain or drizzle too. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees with a mainly light southerly breeze.

Cloudy with scattered outbreaks of rain on Saturday night. Rain developing in western areas early in the night. Some fog may form in any prolonged clear spells. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees. Light to moderate southwest winds will veer northwest overnight.

Sunday will begin cloudy in most areas and damp, with some lingering rain or drizzle. Any patches of fog in the morning will be slow to clear. It will become drier in the afternoon with sunny spells developing, and just light northerly winds. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees. The night will be mostly clear and dry in largely calm conditions. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +2 degrees over the northern half of the country leading to some frost, milder further south.

Plenty of dry weather with sunny spells on the cards for Monday. There is a chance that there will be rain in the southwest. Highs of 6 to 10 degrees in light to moderate southerly winds.

Further outlook: Some uncertainty of how long these settled conditions will last, with signs of rain to move in from the west by midweek. Tuesday will likely continue dry for many places.