The weather for the week ahead looks very autumnal indeed 3 weeks ago

The weather for the week ahead looks very autumnal indeed

Subject to change, naturally...

Depending on who you ask, autumn officially kicks off this Wednesday, 22 September.

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Others will say that it arrived at the beginning of September, others still will make arguments for the first day of August.

We won't get into that endless debate today. We will, however, posit that we can all agree that the weather is starting to feel fairly autumnal right about now, yes?

Colder mornings, darker evenings, blasts of rain here and there, blinding sunshine still sticking around, leaves falling – that's autumn, baby.

But what does it all mean for the immediate days in front of us?

The latest forecast from Met Éireann promises a mixed enough, albeit decent-on-paper week ahead.

Monday (20 September) should be mostly cloudy with some light patchy drizzle at times with sunny spells set to arrive by the afternoon, the best of which will be located in the south and the east. Highest daytime temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees are expected.

Monday evening will be mainly dry with mist set to thicken to potentially dense fog by the following morning. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees are forecast.

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Tuesday, meanwhile, should kick off mostly dry and bright before increasing cloud brings about patchy outbreaks of light rain and drizzle on the west coast. Overall, prepare for highest temperatures of 17 to 20 degrees during the day that should drop to about 11 or 12 at night alongside some rain in the northwest of the country.

Wednesday doesn't look great, admittedly, with Met Éireann warning of northwest rain moving southeastwards amongst highest temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees. The rain should clear up by the evening, with lowest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees on the horizon.

Thursday, now we're talking. A "fresher day" lies ahead, though temperatures are not as high as the day before, dropping a touch to an average of 15 to 17 degrees nationwide.

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Friday also has dry appeal if you're into that kind of thing, with temperatures hitting up to 20 degrees in the south and southeast, and 15 to 18 degrees elsewhere.

As for the weekend, the word that sticks out the most is "unsettled" so have an umbrella and a decent coat handy.