The weather for the week ahead brings a good deal of uncertainty 1 month ago

The weather for the week ahead brings a good deal of uncertainty

Decent temperatures and persistent rain, you say?

As many of us prepare to click back into gear for the week ahead, one might wonder... what's the weather going to be like as we experience the final week of October?

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Given the blue sky and sunshine to my left as I type this, it's a fair question.

The word from Met Éireann is to expect a mild but unsettled week that will grow cooler as the days wear on.

Bank Holiday Monday should see good spells of sunshine along with scattered showers in the west that will extend eastwards throughout the afternoon, becoming isolated by the evening.

Highest daytime temperatures will reach between 10 and 14 degrees.

Monday evening will start off mostly dry with clear spells and some isolated showers. Lowest temperatures of five to nine degrees are anticipated.

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Tuesday looks like another mild day, though rather breezy with it – especially in the west and northwest.

Met Éireann says to expect patchy light rain and drizzle across the day, with "good dry intervals" and some "hazy" sunshine to balance things out. Highest temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees.

Tuesday night will continue in much the same fashion, though a band of "persistent and locally heavy" rain in the west will extend to all parts of the country overnight.

Temperatures should land somewhere between 12 and 14 degrees.

As for Wednesday, look for a wet kick-off thanks to scattered outbreaks of showery rain that will calm down a little bit – but not entirely – as the afternoon opens up.

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Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees are forecast.

Wednesday night sees yet more showery rain, pushing in from the south early in the evening and becoming heaviest and most frequent over Leinster and the east of Munster.

Despite this, a mild enough night is in the offing with temperatures generally staying between nine and 13 degrees.

Thursday really drills down into that "good deal of uncertainty" we mentioned up top.

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However, indications are that it will be a "generally wet day with showery outbreaks of rain". Good to have some degree of clarity, at least.

Highest temperatures will be between 12 and 15 degrees in light to moderate south to southeast winds. Spells of rain and showers will continue overnight, though.

Lowest temperatures on Thursday night will be between seven and 10 degrees.

By the time Friday rolls around, things should be notably cooler than before.

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Sunny spells and scattered showers will once more do their thing, with showers most frequent over the western half of the country.

Highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees are expected.

The early signals for the weekend are – you guessed it – unsettled, though you can expect temperatures to keep dropping as Halloween comes into focus. Highest temperatures of nine to 12 degrees are currently forecast.