There will be a few showers early on Thursday night, but soon drying out with clear spells and winds becoming light.

Cold in many places, with lowest temperatures between -1°C and 2°C, with a sharp frost and some icy patches. Less cold in many Atlantic coastal counties, with just a patchy frost for a time and increasing clouds there will bring rain before dawn.

Friday will be dry to start in many eastern and northern areas, with the last of the frost clearing quickly. Rain in more western areas will become widespread as the morning progresses, with some heavy bursts locally.

Brighter weather, with scattered showers will follow from the Atlantic later in the afternoon. Top temperatures of 8° or 9°C, over Ulster and east Leinster, but 11-13°C, elsewhere, best over the southwest. Fresh and gusty southwest winds, strong in some coastal areas will veer westerly in the clearance.

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