Swans on the Estuary in Swords. Photo: Niall McHugo, Virginia

Mainly dry and bright day with sunny spells

Weather update from Met Éireann

Unsettled with colder conditions later this week and lasting into the weekend.

Patchy frost and ice clearing to give a mainly dry and bright day with long sunny spells. Highest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees in a moderate northerly wind, that will back westerly and ease by evening.

Mostly dry and clear early tonight with light southwest breezes. Some frost with set in with lows of -1 to 4 degrees. Some mist patches too and later in the night increasing cloud will bring some rain to the west and north with a rise in temperatures.

So for tomorrow that overnight rain will quickly extend countrywide. However, a clearance to sunny spells and just well scattered showers will quickly follow by early afternoon. Highs of 7 to 11 degrees.

Mostly dry and clear with light southwest breezes on Tuesday night. Some frost with set in with lows of 0 to 4 degrees. Some mist patches too and later in the night increasing cloud will bring some patchy rain to the far west and southwest.

Bright spells to begin Wednesday in parts of the east and north. However, outbreaks of rain and drizzle, in the West and Southwest, will extend countrywide through the morning and afternoon. Overall turning dull with hill, mist and coastal fog. Humid with highs of 9 to 11 degrees, in moderate to fresh south to southwesterly winds.

Wet and rather blustery overnight on Wednesday with spot flooding in places and moderate or fresh and gusty west to southwest winds, stronger near the coast. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees as the rain clears into the Irish Sea by morning.

Thursday is set to be a cooler day as a change of airmass sets in. The last of any overnight cloud or rain will give way to sunny spells and blustery showers, some turning wintry with some hail. Some sleet over high ground too. Highs of 5 to 8 degrees with an added wind chill factor owing to fresh and gusty westerly winds.

Thursday night and Friday: Cold and wintry with widespread squally showers feeding in due to brisk northwesterly winds, some hail, sleet and hill snow likely. Wind-chill factor.

Remaining cold and unsettled over the weekend though not as windy. Some good sunshine with frost setting in by night. Wintry showers in places too but not quite as widespread. Daytime temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees.