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Good sunny spells across the weekend with a few showers

Weather update from Met Éireann

High pressure will bring mostly dry, settled conditions and gradually increasing temperatures, the best of the sunshine will be in the south and east.

So says the national weather forecaster of weather conditions over the next few days.

This morning will start with sunny spells and a few showers, heaviest in Ulster. The showers should die away through the afternoon leaving long spells of sunshine, hazier though in the southwest. Highest temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees, warmest in the southeast in light to moderate northwest breezes.

Early tonight there will be good clear spells, but becoming cloudier especially in Ulster and Connacht with patchy light rain or drizzle developing by morning. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees, some pockets of mist and fog will develop as winds fall light and variable.

Saturday morning will be dry and sunny in much of the south and east but cloudier conditions, with some patchy light rain or drizzle at times in Connacht and Ulster will spread to all parts for a time by early afternoon but it will become drier again by evening with some hazy sunny spells developing. Highest temperatures 16 to 21 degrees generally, warmest in the southeast in light to moderate westerly winds.

Mostly dry with clear spells on Saturday night, but cloudier with patchy drizzle at times near northwest coasts. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 14 degrees, with a few mist and fog patches developing in a light westerly or variable breeze.

Dry with sunny spells on Sunday morning but patchy cloud and a few light showers will develop through the middle of the day before a return to sunny spells by evening. Highest temperatures of 17 to 21 degrees in light westerly or variable breezes.

Sunday night is expected dry with mostly clear skies with some mist and fog developing as light variable breezes fall calm at times. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 14 degrees.

After a fairly bright start Monday, especially in the south and east, cloud will increase from the northwest with the chance of a few patches of light rain or drizzle developing, mostly over the northern half of the country. The best chance of the hazy sunny spells persisting will be in Munster and south Leinster. Highest temperatures of 18 to 23 degrees in light west to southwest breezes.

Monday night is promised mostly dry with some clear spells, some mist and fog will develop locally under near calm conditions with lowest temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees.

There will be good sunny spells in the south and east on Tuesday, cloudier in the north and west but generally staying dry. Highest temperatures of 18 to 23 degrees in near calm conditions.

Further outlook: High pressure will likely continue to dominate, bringing generally dry sunny weather and highest temperatures increasing into the mid-twenties.