Weather should change on Monday

Enjoy the sun over the weekend – these are the messages from the Met Éireann as the next week is set to bring rain.

Saturday will be a dry day in most areas with some clouds but good periods of sunshine. It will feel warm with maximum temperatures generally 16 to 19 degrees, possibly touching 20 degrees in the east. The forecast is that the breezes will be light to the southwest or of variable direction.

On Sunday, some rain is likely, mainly in the eastern half of the country. Maximum temperatures again 16 to 20 degrees, warmer in the west and southwest, but light to moderate breezes from east to southeast will keep conditions slightly cooler along the east and southeast coasts.

Monday will have a rainy start to the week, with widespread rains that lighten to the north during the morning and afternoon, followed by periods of sunshine and sparse rains. There will be heavy rain at times with a chance of thunderstorms. The highest temperatures range from 16 to 20 degrees with moderate to cool winds and southerly gusts developing.

Tuesday will see more bursts of rain, some heavy, stretching across the country accompanied by fresh to strong, blustery southeast winds. Rain will decrease to the northeast throughout the day as winds decrease.

It is expected to be cooler than previous days, with higher temperatures of 14-16 degrees overall. A new period of torrential rain will arrive from the south towards the end of the night, heading north through the night.

Current indications suggest it will remain choppy through Wednesday and beyond, with higher temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 18 degrees.

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