A beautiful double rainbow in Tierlahood. Photo: Rosie McGuigan

Mix of showers and sun for the weekend

Weather update from Met Éireann

Unsettled with showers most days, some heavy on Monday. Temperatures dropping back to the low to mid-teens early next week. That's the latest outlook from Met Éireann.

Outbreaks of rain in western areas will be heavy at times as it moves eastwards across the country this morning, followed by sunny spells and heavy blustery showers. Some thundery falls are possible locally, especially over the eastern half of the country this afternoon, with a chance of hail and spot flooding. Showers will ease in the evening with many areas having a dry and bright end to the day. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 or 17 degrees, best values further east. Moderate to fresh and gusty southerly winds will veer westerly.

Tonight will be largely dry after lingering showers this evening die out. Mostly clear at first, but it will turn cloudier overnight with some showers moving onto western coasts towards dawn. Winds will ease to a light to moderate southwest breeze. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.

A good deal of cloud around tomorrow (Saturday) with showers, most persistent and frequent across Connacht and Ulster. Decent dry spells elsewhere with showers more isolated. Brightening up at times with the odd spell of sunshine breaking through. Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 or 18 degrees, coolest in the northwest. Moderate southwest winds, fresher at times near western coasts.

A cloudy to overcast night on Saturday with showers persisting in Atlantic coastal counties. Long dry spells in the east with just the odd shower overnight. Mild and humid with temperatures not falling below 11 or 12 degrees. Moderate to fresh southwest winds will be strong for a time on northwestern coasts. Misty in places with some local fog.

A rather cloudy morning on Sunday with showers extending countrywide. Brightening up in the afternoon with some sunshine in between showers. Highest temperatures of 14 to 18 degrees with moderate southwest breezes.

Showers will continue to feed in overnight from the Atlantic on Sunday in a light to moderate westerly breeze. Some clear spells, with the driest weather towards the southeast. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees.

Monday's forecast is for widespread showers, turning increasingly heavy during the afternoon with the chance of a thundery downpour, interspersed with bright or sunny spells. Feeling fresher with highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees and a moderate northwest breeze. Showers will continue in western coastal areas overnight, becoming largely dry elsewhere with varying cloud cover. Overnight lows of 6 to 9 degrees.

Another day of showers with some sunny periods on Tuesday. The odd shower will be heavy. Highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees with a moderate westerly breeze.

Further outlook: Staying generally unsettled with rain or showers moving in from the Atlantic, but temperatures will likely rise slightly back into the mid-teens.