Weather: largely sunny and dry today but it's to change this weekend

Today will be largely dry with sunny spells, with some isolated showers through the day which may turn heavy.

Highest temperatures 11 to 13 degrees with light to moderate easterly winds.

Tonight, Met Éireann predict overnight showers will become more frequent with mist in places thickening to fog by morning.

Lowest temperatures 2 to 4 degrees inland but higher nearer to the coasts.

Saturday will again be mainly dry with sunny spells, but will become increasingly cloudy through the day with isolated showers in the afternoon.

Highest temperatures 10 to 13 degrees with moderate easterly winds.

On Saturday night outbreaks of rain in the southwest will extend inland and north through west Munster, most of the rest of the country will be dry with isolated showers.

Mist and fog will thicken in the Midlands and north. Lowest temperatures of between 3 and 5 degrees in the north, and between 8 and 10 degrees in the south. Light to moderate easterly winds will be fresh at times.

Sunday will be rather cloudy with rain or showers at times. The rain will turn more persistent later on, particularly along southern coastal counties.

Temperatures will range between 11 and 13 degrees during the afternoon and fall to between 8 and 11 degrees overnight.

Winds will be light variable in direction on Sunday, becoming fresh southerly on eastern coasts.

There'll be outbreaks of rain on Monday, heavy at times and widespread through the country.

Temperatures will be 12 to 14 degrees and winds will be moderate southerly, fresh on coasts.

There'll be further outbreaks of rain overnight with the risk of spot flooding.

The weather continues unsettled on Tuesday and through the midweek period.

Winds on Tuesday are expected to be fresh southerly, becoming cyclonic variable as the week goes on and low pressure moves over or very near to Ireland.

Temperatures remain unchanged overall in to the midweek.

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