Sunset on Lough Ramor, Virginia. Photo: Dolores Smith

Largely dry and settled week ahead

Weather Update from Met Éireann

High pressure will remain in charge of our weather through this week. Though there will be some light rain and drizzle at times, it will be largely dry and settled.

Frosty across the country to start this morning (Monday) with some patchy mist and fog. Frost and any mist and fog will gradually clear through the morning, leaving a dry day with sunny spells. Highest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees generally, but slightly milder in the southwest with highest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees, in light to moderate southeast or variable winds.

Tonight will be dry for most with clear spells to start but it will turn cloudier from the Atlantic overnight with patchy rain and drizzle developing in the west and southwest towards morning. It will be coldest early in the night with lowest temperatures of 0 to 4 degrees generally. Milder in Munster and south Connacht with lows of 4 to 8 degrees. Patches of mist and fog will develop in a light to moderate southerly breeze.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will be generally cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain and drizzle over the western half of the country to start. The rain and drizzle will gradually spread eastwards through the day, easing as it spreads with many eastern areas staying dry. Milder than recently with highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees in moderate southwest winds.

A cloudy and mild night to start on Tuesday night with scattered patches of light rain and drizzle. A band of more persistent rain will spread from the northwest later in the night, becoming patchy as it moves southwards. Turning cooler as the rain clears towards morning with lowest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees. Patches of mist and fog will develop in light to moderate west to northwest winds.

Any lingering rain will clear on Wednesday morning, leaving a largely dry day with just isolated patches of drizzle. It will be quite cloudy overall but occasional sunny spells will develop, especially in the south and east. Highest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees in a light to moderate northwesterly breeze.

It will stay mainly dry on Wednesday night with clear spells developing, most prolonged in eastern and southern areas. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 4 degrees generally, a touch less cold in the west and northwest, in a light breeze.

Thursday will be another largely dry day with sunny spells, though there will be a good deal of cloud in western and northern areas. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees in a light northwesterly breeze.

Staying dry with a few clear spells on Thursday night. Patches of mist and fog will form in a light breeze. Lowest temperatures of 0 degrees in the south of the country to +4 degrees in the north and northwest.

Friday is set to be a dry day with sunny spells and light breezes. Again it will be cloudiest over western and northern areas with the best of the sunny spells elsewhere. Highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees.

Next weekend: High pressure will stay in place over the weekend, bringing plenty of dry and settled weather, though there will be the odd patch of light rain and drizzle at times.