Sun to yield to rain by week's end
The elusive Irish summer looks like it’ll be confined to barely a couple of days, with today’s glorious sunshine set to give way to cloud, mist and rain again by Sunday and early next week.
Met Éireann says top temperatures today will be from 19 to 26 degrees, with the best of the weather in the mid west and west.
Tonight will be breezy with a mixture of clear spells and cloudy periods. While most places will be dry, there may be a few showers on the south west coast at around dawn. It will be a humid night, with lowest temperatures of between 12 and 16 degrees.
Tomorrow, Saturday, will be breezy, with fresh easterly winds.
Met Éireann forecasts mostly dry weather over Ulster, Connacht and north Leinster, with some hazy sunshine at times.
Cloud will, however, build elsewhere with some showery rain over parts of Munster.
“This will push up through Leinster and east Ulster later, some of it heavy with a slight risk of thunder,” according to the forecaster.
Top temperatures tomorrow will be as high as 18 to 23 degrees, with the highest expected over Connacht and Ulster.
It will be breezy and mostly cloudy overnight on Saturday with some rain and drizzle, and again high temperatures overnight making for humid conditions.
Sunday is likely to bring a few bright or short sunning spells, but Met Éireann expects it will be overall a cloudy, misty day with showers merging into longer spells of rain in places. Some heavy rainfall is possible, with the risk of some thundery bursts in western areas.
By Monday, showers - some heavy - are again expected to be widespread.
Heading into the week, very unsettled and sometimes windy weather is on the cards on Tuesday and Wednesday, with spells of heavy and possibly thundery rain crossing the country.