The cows might need a little shelter at times today. Photo Siobhan O'Connor

Persistent rain throughout the day

Weather update from Met Éireann

Dry and sunny to start across south Leinster and south Munster this morning. Cloudier and cooler elsewhere with persistent rain over the north and west sinking southeastwards through the day. Highest temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees generally, and reaching 20 to 24 degrees in the south and southeast in the early part of the day. Westerly winds will be mostly moderate.

Becoming mostly dry tonight with clear spells developing for most, it will stay rather cloudy and damp in the south. Lowest temperatures of 9 or 10 degrees in a light northwesterly wind.

Tomorrow, Saturday, cloudy conditions will persist through much of the day in the southeast with sunshine developing elsewhere, along with isolated showers mostly in the northwest. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees in a moderate north to northwest wind.

Scattered showers in the west and north on Saturday night with a mix of cloud and clear spells elsewhere. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees in a mostly moderate northerly wind.

Sunny spells and isolated showers on Sunday morning will give way to a mostly dry and sunny afternoon with highest temperatures of 14 to 18 degrees in moderate northerly winds. Turning chilly on Sunday night under clear skies with temperatures down to 6 to 9 degrees.

Monday will be mainly dry with light northerly winds becoming variable in direction and good spells of sunshine. Temperatures will start to recover and are expected to reach 21 degrees in the afternoon widely across the country, although still a little cooler in west Ulster and north Connacht.

A spell of rain on Monday night will give a dull and damp start to Tuesday with showers in the afternoon, becoming isolated in the evening. Temperatures on Tuesday will range between 15 degrees in the northwest and 19 degrees in the southeast and winds will be westerly.

Current indications suggest next week will continue somewhat unsettled with some spells of sunshine and showers at times. Temperatures will be close to normal for the time of year.