'Four seasons' forecast for the week ahead
Published 11/05/2015 | 02:30
'Four seasons' of weather will sweep across the country this week, with the forecast ranging from gales and heavy rain to unbroken blue skies.
Today will start off bright and windy countrywide, but showers are expected in all counties throughout the day.
Temperatures will hit a high of 15C, amid strong and gusty south westerly winds.
However, gale-force winds will hit exposed Atlantic coastal counties - particularly Mayo, Sligo, Galway and Clare.
Met Éireann has issued a 'yellow alert' for the entire country until 3pm today.
Strong winds will reach around 100kph as a series of banks of cloud move in from the Atlantic.
It will be a bright and sunny start tomorrow, with just the odd scattered shower.
However, the fine weather won't last as rainfall will become widespread and heavy by the afternoon.
It will be very blustery with westerly winds, and with temperatures of between 12C and 15C, highest over Munster and south Leinster.
Wednesday will be mostly dry and bright with good sunshine throughout the day.
Temperatures will hit a high of 16C, with counties Galway, Mayo and Sligo set to enjoy the best of the spring sunshine. Forecasters warn heavy rain will spread eastwards overnight.
Temperatures will drop slightly to a low of 11C on Thursday, and it will be generally cloudy, with periods of heavy rain or prolonged showery outbreaks.
Met Éireann says while it's not yet completely certain, it looks like Friday and Saturday will start off dry, with rain spreading to most counties later in the evening.