According to Met Eireann, this week is going to be much milder than is normal for the time of the year.
Monday - A showery start to Monday with just the occasional sunny breaks. It will stay mainly dry to begin with in Leinster and east Ulster in the morning, though scattered showers affecting western and southern counties will spread countrywide by the afternoon.
Some showers have the potential of turning heavy and even thundery in places. There is also a risk of hail developing. Breezes will be southerly and mostly moderate, veering southwesterly and freshening by the evening. Highest temperatures on the day of 9 to 12 degrees.
Some further scattered showers are expected early overnight on Monday, becoming increasingly isolated with long clear spells developing. Breezes, southerly in direction, will ease turning southerly by the morning. It will be quite cold overnight with lows of 2 to 6 degrees Celsius.
Tuesday - A dry and cool day for most parts, with sunny spells brightest in the East of the country. It will turn breezy as the afternoon progresses with cloud increasing and rain gradually moving in front the west of the country. It will, however, stay dry in the majority of counties in the east until the evening. Highest temperatures on the day of 10 to 14 degrees Celsius.
Tuesday night is expected to be mild and breezy, with rain spreading countrywide overnight. Some rain will turn heavy, mainly along western and southern coasts. Spot flooding is also likely, mainly on higher ground. Gusty southerly winds will be moderate to fresh, strong to gale force along coastal areas. Minimum overnight temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees Celsius, rising up to 15 degrees in places by Wednesday morning.
Wednesday - A damp, dull and breezy start to Wednesday, though it will remain rather mild with further outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Some falls of rain will turn heavy in places and spot flooding is likely in the west and south of the country. This rain should gradually ease, turning patcher later in the day and longer dry intervals expected to develop. Top temperatures on the day of 13 to 15 degrees with moderate to fresh and gust southerly winds, strongest in coastal areas.
Wednesday night will be mild and misty with outbreaks of rain and drizzle continuing overnight, mainly in the west and south of the country. It should remain drier elsewhere with a mixture of clear breaks and patches of mist and fog developing. Winds, southerly in direction, will ease to moderate overnight inland, though remaining strong and near gale force near Atlantic coastal areas. Lowest temperatures overnight of 9 to 12 degrees.
Thursday - Cloudy with the odd patch of rain and drizzle to begin with on Thursday, mainly in the east and south, though there will be a lot of dry weather also. Persistent rain will continue to affect Atlantic coastal counties on Thursday, however. Maximum temperatures on the day of 13 to 15 degrees Celsius, with gusty south to southwest breezes.
It will remain cloudy overnight on Thursday, with some patchy rain, drizzle and mist also expected. Overnight temperatures are expected to range from 9 to 12 degrees, with light to moderate south to southeasterly breezes.
Friday- A mainly dry and cloudy day, according to Met Eireann, with the odd patch of mist and drizzle affecting southern coastal areas early on. Highest temperatures on Friday are expected to range from 12 to 14 degrees, with moderate southeasterly breezes. These will be fresh and gusty in Atlantic coastal areas.
Lowest temperatures overnight on Friday of 10 to 12 degrees Celsius.