Weekly weather: heavy rain will clear to leave drier weather later in the week
Monday will be dry and bright in many places at first.
However cloud will thicken with rain developing in Atlantic coastal counties during the morning.
The rain and strong winds will spread eastwards to most places during the afternoon turning persistent and heavy.
Very wet and windy countrywide this evening with some local spot flooding and strong to gale force southerly winds with gusts of 80 to 110km/h, highest in coastal and hilly areas.
Highest temperatures of 11°C to 13°C.
Monday night will be wet and windy with strong to gale force southerly winds and severe gusts. Heavy rain also with the continuing risk of local flooding.
However later in the night the rain will clear to scattered showers over the western half of the country.
Overnight lows of 9°C or 10°C.
Wet at first Tuesday morning over eastern counties but clearing quickly and it will brighten up. There will be showers at times during the day but some sunny spells as well.
Windy also with strong and gusty southerly winds, but these will decrease fresh later.
Highest temperatures of 13°C to 16°C.
Showers will die away on Tuesday night and it will be dry in many places overnight but rain will affect Atlantic coastal counties.
There will be further rain on Wednesday morning in western counties but this will become mostly confined to western coastal areas in the afternoon.
The rest of the country should have a mainly dry and bright day but with a good deal of cloud.
Very mild with highs of 14°C to 17°C.
Mostly dry and bright on Thursday with lighter winds and afternoon temperatures of 14°C to 17°C or possibly 18°C.
Cooler on Friday with a few showers about especially in northern counties but many places will be dry and bright.
Highs of 12°C to 16°C.