The weekend could our be last chance of a good sunny spell for Dublin as Met Eireann predicts a big downturn next week.
Temperatures are expected to go into the high teens today and will get up to over 20 on Saturday. However, after that conditions will get rather unsettled according to experts.
Forecasters at Met Eireann said: “Early mist patches will clear, and today will be fine and dry with long sunny spells. Highest temperatures of 17 to 19 degrees in a moderate southeast breeze.
“Tonight will remain dry with good clear spells. Southeast winds will freshen. Lowest temperatures 11 to 13 degrees.
“Tomorrow, Saturday will be dry for the most part. Some sunshine during the morning. Cloudier in the afternoon with the chance of a little showery rain in the evening. Fresh southeast winds. Highest temperatures 18 to 20 degrees.
Heavy rain anticipated from Saturday night and Sunday will see further outbreaks of rain. Then heavy downpours can be expected with strong winds while temperatures will fall “back below normal”.
The Met Office said: “Staying very unsettled into next week with some west and very windy interludes.
“A spell of sometimes heavy rain will affect all areas during Saturday night, accompanied by fresh southeast winds.
“Sunday will be mostly cloudy cooler and windy with further showery outbreaks of rain. Some heavy downpours are possible locally, but winds veering southwest will heave eased and rain will clear in the evening.”
“Monday will begin bright and dry in most places. Another batch of rain and strong winds arriving in the west before midday will quickly spread countrywide with strong to gale force southerly winds. The rain will ease for a time on Monday night and winds will moderate.
“More rain will follow on Tuesday again accompanied by strong winds and temperatures falling back below normal.
“Some sizable accumulations of rainfall are possible and then very showery and blustery conditions will follow for Wednesday.
“Present signs are for a continuation of distinctly unsettled cool and windy weather for the second half of next week.”