According to Met Eireann, there will be some very inclement weather for the first days of the National Ploughing Championships this week with the best of the weather expected on the final of the three days.
The Championships are on for the third year in a row in Screggan, just outside Tullamore.
According to Met Eireann, Monday night will see rain becoming widespread for a time tonight with some intense and heavy bursts over a relatively short timeframe, bringing a risk of spot flooding especially in the west and northwest. A clearance will develop in the southwest overnight, and will gradually edge northeastwards
Tuesday will see any lingering overnight rain clear. Further rain will edge in from the Atlantic to affect the west and southwest later in the morning, however, with scattered outbreaks extending eastwards over the country through the afternoon. Becoming blustery, with southwesterly winds increasing moderate to fresh and gusty, strong to near gale along coasts. Top temperatures of 17 to 20 degrees.
Met Eireann states that on Wednesday, it will be wet and very windy especially during the morning, with widespread rain and some very heavy falls expected through western and northern counties especially, with local flooding. Very windy countrywide with strong to gale force southerly winds, possibly reaching storm force at Sea off the west and north coasts. Winds will veer westerly in the afternoon and later moderate. Highs of 14 to 17 degrees Celsius.
The national forecaster says that there will be rain in southern areas on Thursday but cool, bright and showery elsewhere in blustery westerly winds. Afternoon highs of 12 to 15 degrees Celsius so feeling distinctively cool. Chilly overnight