Temperatures set to reach 20 degrees this weekend but heavy rain forecasted for next week
Enjoy the dry weather while it lasts.
Met Éireann has said that temperatures are set to reach 20 degrees throughout this weekend but that "heavy" rain is on the cards for next week.
The Irish meteorological service's forecast states that Saturday (14 May) will be a dry day in most areas with varying cloud and sunny spells.
It will feel warm with temperatures generally between 16 and 19 degrees but possibly reaching 20 in the east.
Saturday night then is expected to be mostly dry with clear spells though a few showers over the Irish Sea will move into eastern and northeastern counties.
Any showers elsewhere will be isolated while some mist and fog patches will develop, with temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees forecasted.
As for Sunday, any lingering mist and fog is set to clear in the morning to leave a dry day in many areas.
That said, a few showers are possible mainly over the eastern half of the country.
Top temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees are expected on Sunday, with conditions forecasted to be warmest in the west and southwest.
In the evening, showery rain will move into southern areas, extending northwards throughout the night.
The weather is then set to take a turn on Monday, with Met Éireann forecasting a wet start to the week.
According to the meteorological service, widespread showery rain will clear northwards throughout the morning and afternoon, followed by sunny spells and scattered showers.
However, there will be some heavy falls at times with thundery downpours possible as highest temperatures range from 16 to 20 degrees with moderate to fresh and gusty winds developing.
On Tuesday, outbreaks of rain, with some heavy falls, are expected to extend across the country accompanied by fresh to strong and gusty winds.
The rain will clear northeastwards throughout the day as winds ease and it will be cooler than previous days with highest temperatures of 14 to 16 degrees generally.
This is before a further spell of showery rain will push up from the south later in the evening, tracking northwards overnight.
As for Wednesday, outbreaks of rain with heavy downpours will continue to track northwards over Ireland.
While drier and sunnier intervals will develop for a time in the afternoon and early evening, more outbreaks of rain will push in later.
Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees are forecasted with winds increasing moderate to fresh and gusty during the afternoon.
Met Éireann's outlook for after Wednesday reads: "Current indications suggest that it will continue unsettled with further spells of rain and showers.
"Highest temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 18 degrees."