Some mixed spells of weather forecast for the weekend, as reported by Met Éireann, though early indications suggest early next week will be much drier.
Friday - A wet and damp start on Friday, due to overnight rain. It is expected to be breezy in Southern counties on Friday morning, but it should also remain dry. It should remain dry in most areas until the afternoon, though it will be dull and cloudy with some scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle in parts. Highest daytime temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, coolest in northern counties.
Friday night will see any outbreaks of rain and drizzle becoming confined to the west and northwestern coasts. It will, however, become quite cold overnight with temperatures ranging from 3 to 6 degrees and moderate westerly breezes.
Saturday - For the majority of places, it will remain dry during the day on Saturday, with some sunny spells in places. Southwest breezes will be moderate with top temperatures on the day of 7 to 11 degrees Celsius, coolest in the north. There will, however, be a few showers along the north and western coasts. Rain should hit the southwest of the country by Saturday evening, with that rain then becoming widespread overnight.
Sunday - Another dull and damp start to the day, with some further outbreaks of rain and drizzle, continuing into Sunday from Saturday night. These rains should clear in most areas by the afternoon, with some sunny spells developing in places. Patchy rain and drizzle are also likely in some areas, with some mist and fog forming also. Highest temperatures on the day of 6 to 12 degrees, again coldest in the north.
It will be cold in Ulster overnight on Sunday, with some frost and fog forming in places and temperatures close to zero. It will be mild elsewhere, with mist, fog and rain along the south coast. Lows of 5 to 8 degrees.
Monday (Xmas Eve) - Early forecasts suggest intermittent rain in southern counties on Christmas Eve, heaviest in the morning. It will be cold and frosty elsewhere, with the coldest conditions in Ulster. However, it should remain dry with some sunny spells for the rest of the day. Top daytime temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, coolest in the north, with light easterly breezes and the mildest conditions in southern areas.
It will be mainly mild and misty overnight on Christmas Eve, with scattered patches of drizzle and fog. It is expected to be cool in Ulster with a risk of frost and lows of 3 to 4 degrees. Temperatures should range from 7 to 9 Celsius.
Tuesday (Christmas Day) - Current indications signal a dry and mild day on Christmas Day, with some sunny spells in places and just moderate, southeast, breezes. Temperatures should range from 11 to 13 degrees. Later in the day will see some persistent rain pushing into Atlantic coastal areas. It will be mild and misty overnight, with patches of drizzle and fog about and also some persistent rain in the west and northwest coastal areas. Overnight lows of 9 or 10 C. in moderate southwest breezes.