A beautiful evening at Mullagh Lake. Photo: Roisin Smyth

Mostly cloudy, drizzly day but bright spells in afternoon

Weather update from Met Éireann

Unsettled with colder conditions later this week. That's the latest outlook from the national weather forecaster.

Sunday will be a mostly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle affecting much of the southern half of the country. Mist and patchy frost across the North. It will be wettest across southern counties with brisk onshore winds persisting along the South Coast, as well as a slow clearance across these parts. Some bright or sunny spells will develop through the afternoon, as rain and drizzle pushes away southwards. Cool and breezy with highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees in a mostly moderate to fresh northeast breeze.

Tonight will be dry apart from some showers near eastern and northwestern fringes. Long clear spells will develop and it will turn cold with frost and possible ice developing in places. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 degrees in moderate northerly winds.

Tomorrow, Monday, will be generally dry with bright spells of sunshine. Cool with highest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees in mostly moderate northwest winds, backing westerly later and easing.

Cold early on Monday night with some frost, especially in eastern areas. Overnight, cloud will increase and southwest winds will freshen with outbreaks of rain moving into West and Northwest. Lows of -1 to + 4 degrees, coldest during the first half of the night.

Overnight rain on Tuesday will quickly extend countrywide. However, a clearance to sunny spells and well scattered showers will follow from the Northwest during the morning. Highs of 8 to 11 degrees with fresh southwest winds, veering northwesterly as the early morning rain clears.

Mostly dry and clear on Tuesday night with light west to southwest breezes. Some frost with set in with lows of 0 to 4 degrees.

Crisp sunshine in parts to begin on Wednesday. However, outbreaks of rain and drizzle will move into the West and Southwest during the morning, extending countrywide in turn through the afternoon and evening. Overall dull with hill, mist and coastal fog. Humid with highs of 9 to 11 degrees, in moderate to fresh southerly winds.

Wet and rather windy on Wednesday night with spot flooding and fresh and gusty west to southwest winds. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees.

A cooler day on Thursday as a change of airmass sets in. The last of any overnight rain will give way to sunny spells and blustery showers, some turning wintry. Highs of 5 to 8 degrees with an added wind chill factor owing to fresh and gusty westerly winds.