There's a little bit of everything on the way this week in the lead up to St Patrick's Day
According to the latest Met Eireann weather forecast, it will be mostly cloudy at first today (Monday) with outbreaks of rain and drizzle in the east and southeast clearing during the morning, but further showery rain pushing into western areas and spreading eastwards later.
However, some drier and brighter conditions with sunny spells will develop in the afternoon for most areas. Top temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees with northwesterly winds increasing moderate to fresh but strong and gusty at times along the southwest coast.
Met Eireann is forecasting that Monday night will be mainly dry with good clear spells in mostly light westerly breezes. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees with frost. Fog may form as well.
Tuesday will start mostly dry with some sunshine but cloud will increase with outbreaks of rain in the west by evening. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees. During Tuesday night rain in the west will slowly spread eastwards. Moderate south to southeast winds will increase fresh to strong and gusty.
Looking ahead to Wednesday, it will be cloudy and blustery with rain in all areas and fresh to strong and gusty south to southeast winds. Highest temperatures of 8 to 12 degrees.
Thursday will continue blustery with showery rain. Highest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees with fresh to strong and gusty east to southeast winds.
Winds are likely to moderate somewhat on Friday with just scattered showers and sunny intervals. Highest temperatures of 8 to 12 degrees.
The forecast for St Patrick's Day and the rest of the weekend is uncertain. Cold air is approaching from the east but at the moment it looks like it will stay mild. However this means that it could be quite wet on both days.