Met Éireann are forecasting Monday to be mostly cloudy and misty, with patches of rain, drizzle and fog. There will be dry intervals in many areas too, with maximum temperatures of 17 to 22 degrees.
It will be dry countrywide for a time on Monday night, but cloud will thicken in the west and northwest with rain arriving before dawn in the coastal fringes of Connacht and west Ulster.
On Tuesday, it will be mostly cloudy in Connacht, Ulster and west Munster with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. There will be generally dry conditions further south and east with some sunshine.
Met Éireann say that, although there is some uncertainty, rain in the west and north should spread southeastwards on Tuesday night.
In the west and north west it will be fresher and sunnier conditions on Wednesday. Cloud and outbreaks of rain and drizzle will linger further south and east before clearing later in the day. Top temperatures are forecast from 15 to 20 degrees.
A cooler showery regime is likely on Thursday and Friday. Some of the showers could be heavy with a risk of thundery downpours at times but there will be spells of sunshine too. Met Éireann forecast that westerly winds will be fresh and gusty in the north with maximum temperatures dropping down into the mid to high teens.
Over the next 7 days, weather will be very mixed, with around normal rainfall expected along west and northwest coasts, but the bulk of the country is expected to be drier than normal. Rainfall will be less than 60% of normal levels in most parts and possibly only around 10% of normal in south and southeast coastal areas.
Temperatures over the coming week will be variable. It will be quite warm and humid up to and including Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, but it will become cooler and fresher from later Wednesday.
Over the next 7 days, sunshine will remain below normal, with a good deal of cloud over the next few days and a greater chance of some bright or sunny spells after midweek.
The will be reasonably good drying at times over the next week, in between rain or showers.
Opportunities for spraying will be limited, but there will be some, especially in the south and east.
Soil moisture deficits remain high in central and eastern parts of Munster and over much of the southern half of Leinster, (between 50 and 70 mm), leading to some restriction in growth and little or no change is expected in the coming week.
Soil moisture deficits in Connacht, west Ulster and along the west Munster coast, as well as in the extreme southeast, are much lower, even below zero in parts of Ulster and Connacht, where some soils are becoming saturated.
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