Irish Weather Forecast: Ireland to get soaked with heavy showers this week

Well, it was good while it lasted but, unfortunately for some, the rain will return to the Emerald Isle this week with a vengeance.

According to Irish Meteorological Service, Met Eireann, eastern counties may enjoy the last of any sunshine today and tomorrow before the wet weather sets in.

The west may not be so lucky with scattered showers predicted to sweep Connacht this afternoon.

Staying warm

Despite the promise of rain, temperatures in Ireland will remain relatively high this week.

Dublin will reach a pleasant 22 degrees Celsius this afternoon and with the rain forecast to hold off, a sunny start to the week appears on the cards for the capital.

Ulster is also set to stay dry today with sunny spells regularly breaking through the clouds.

Belfast will reach highs of 19C making for a nice bank holiday Monday in the north.

Showers may be forecast to appear in the west but temperatures will stay high with an average of 18C along the Atlantic coastline.

The picture will stay similar overnight with drizzle in the west but dry conditions for the rest of the country.

Temperatures will drop no lower than 13C in most parts of Ireland with the southern tip remaining a balmy 15C until dawn.

Rain spreading

The rain will start to spread across the country on Tuesday with northern counties set to get scattered showers throughout the day.

Dublin will stay dry and sunny with highs of 20C while the rest of Ireland will experience drizzle, becoming heavier in places in the evening.

Most of the rain will cover the west with showers becoming heavy at times.

Temperatures of 18C will keep conditions warm despite the rain before dropping as low as 11C overnight.

Cooler conditions in the south with persistent rain will cover parts of Munster with rural parts of the country seeing lows of 9C into the early part of Wednesday morning.

The rain will spread across the midlands too with temperatures remaining higher than coastal areas and climbing towards 18C midweek.

Scattered showers will continue throughout Wednesday, mainly in the west of Ireland.

More rain to come

Southwest winds will push rain across the country from west to east on Thursday.

It will, however, clear for a time in the afternoon bringing sunny spells and clear skies to the east and Midlands for the rest of the day.

Highs of 19C will keep conditions feeling warm and a south-west breeze will remain light.

Heavy showers will continue in the northwest and west of the country with lighter sprinkles of rain along the south coast into Thursday night.

Friday is forecast to be the worst day for rain with the entire country getting soaked most of the day.

Temperatures will drop as low as 16C in the west but remain a slightly warmer 18C in the capital.

Heavy showers will persist throughout the evening, becoming more frequent in the west and leaving most of Ireland under a band of cloud and feeling chilly in rural areas.

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