This week's weather looks set to be pretty miserable 1 week ago

This week's weather looks set to be pretty miserable

Spot flooding with a risk of hail and thunder in some places.

Prior to kick-off in the Ireland vs France game, there was a 45 minute period when we saw all four seasons hitting the Aviva Stadium. The recent cold snap has been an unwelcome one but having experienced a fairly mild February, a bad spell was expected.

The upcoming week appears to be another chilly one with plenty of rain, wind, and wintry conditions expected.

Met Éireann have stated that Monday morning will be fairly dry and bright though, with a few residual showers falling in the west and north.

This rain is expected to spread from the west though with heavy downpours, strong winds, and risk of spot flooding developing later this evening.

Heavy showers with with a risk of hail and thunder can also be expected in some areas tonight.

Tuesday will see a wet start for the areas in the south and east of Ireland but conditions are set to improve with sunny spells and scattered showers being predicted.

Some of the showers will be heavy though with a risk of hail and thunder.

Tuesday afternoon/evening will be a windy one with southwesterly winds veering west and becoming strong to gale force by the late afternoon, especially in the coastal areas of Connacht and west Ulster.

These westerly winds will further increase by Tuesday evening night with potentially damaging gusts in parts of the west and northwest.

There's also an ongoing risk of hail and thunder, especially in Ulster and north Leinster.

As for Wednesday, it's set to be a very windy and blustery start to the day with strong northwesterly winds and gales in coastal regions.

Showers will gradually ease through the morning though as they become confined to northeast Ulster by the afternoon.

Counties on the western and northwestern coast can expect rain later in the day. These wet conditions are set to spread southeastwards over the country on Wednesday night with some heavy bursts being predicted.

At present, there's some uncertainty regarding Thursday's conditions but a wet day for many is being predicted.

Looking ahead to the weekend and Friday is set to be drier with just a few isolated showers. The weekend should see cold and showery conditions prevail.