Rain and drizzle will develop along west and southwest coasts by early afternoon. According to Met Éireann, these showers will extend eastwards during the afternoon and early evening, but amounts will be small. Maximum temperatures 7°C to 10°C.
Tonight, will be generally mild and mostly dry with patches of drizzle. Temperatures will drop to a minimum of 3°C to 7°C and it will be coldest where any breaks in cloud occur. This is most likely in inland parts of Munster and south Leinster.
Conditions will continue mild and mostly dry, with a few bright spells. Overall it will be cloudy with a little mist or drizzle, mainly along Atlantic coastal countries. Maximum temperatures 8°C to 11°C.
Winds will be southerly on Tuesday night and it will remain mild and mostly dry. However, more persistent rain will develop in those Atlantic coastal counties.
Rain will extend gradually eastwards across the country during the morning. It will be followed by brighter conditions, with sunny spells, during the day. Showers will begin to move in from Atlantic coastal areas, becoming heavier and more frequent later, with a risk of hail, mainly along west and northwest coasts.
It will be mild at first, but it will turn gradually colder, as southerly winds veer west to northwest in direction. Maximum afternoon temperatures 6°C to 9°C degrees.
The night will be dry in most areas, with clear intervals, but scattered showers will occur, mainly along northern, western and southwestern coasts. It will be very cold, with widespread frost as minimum temperatures fall to -2°C to +2°C. It will be coldest in the eastern half of the country.
Early indications suggest that Thursday will be mainly dry as cloud cover increases gradually. It will be very cold with maximum temperatures of 4°C to 7°C.
It will turn even colder overnight, with a risk of sharp frost where breaks in cloud occur, especially in the north. Minimum temperature of -3°C to +3°C. .
Early indications from Met Éireann suggest that it will remain quite unsettled and changeable, with a good deal of cloud and some rain or sleet at times. Still quite cold, with a risk of frost at night where breaks in cloud occur.
The last few weeks have been relatively very dry across the country. The last week has seen rainfall amounts ranging between 2.2mm on the southeast coast to 16 mm on northwest coasts. This equates to between 4% and 26% of normal rainfall.
The weather will remain settled up to and including Tuesday but indications are that an active cold front will move down early on Wednesday bringing rain and introducing colder more unsettled weather.
Rainfall totals over the next week are expected to range from around 40% and 70% rising to 75% along Atlantic coasts.
The last few weeks have been very mild for the winter season. Over the past 14 days, mean temperatures have been between 7°C and 10°C. Most places were over degrees.
These sorts of figures are 2°C to 4°C above normal.
It will remain relatively mild up to and including Tuesday, with no significant frost at night. There are now strong indications that it will turn colder during Wednesday and overnight and will remain cold up to and over next weekend. Temperatures over the next seven days are expected to be below average.
While the weather has remained settled it has been quite dull. Sunshine amounts over the past week ranged between just 20% of normal on west and southwest coasts and little or no sun in some inland parts of Connacht.
Sunshine amounts will remain below normal up to and including Tuesday next, but are likely to recover a little from midweek, but still below normal.
Drying will be variable over the next few days, but often poor or moderate at best due to a lot of cloud overall.
For spraying there will be will be few, if any opportunities.
In fields, soils are more trafficable, than normal for the time of year, due to the drier than normal conditions over the past few weeks. With the possibility of more unsettled conditions from Tuesday onwards, some soils may well deteriorate to some extent, these mainly in Atlantic coastal counties.