'Topsy-turvy' weather here to stay
Published 18/07/2015 | 02:30
Pack away the beachwear and reach for the brolly - Ireland's "topsy-turvy" weather is here to stay.
Conditions this weekend will be unsettled, with an unseasonal mix of crisp summer sunshine, rain and strong winds.
Today will start mostly dry with some sunny spells over eastern and northern parts, with the best of the sunshine in counties Dublin, Louth and Wicklow.
However, rain will push into the south-west and gradually move eastwards as the day progresses.
By early evening the rain will turn persistent and heavy, especially in parts of the west and the midlands, with temperatures hitting a high of 18C.
"There are rainfall warnings in place for counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry," explained forecaster Klara Finkele.
Persistent heavy rain will continue tonight in all parts, but will clear again early tomorrow.
Met Éireann says the rest of tomorrow should be mainly dry and bright with light winds and temperatures between 16C and 20C.
Early indications are that the Atlantic westerly flow will continue early next week, giving showery conditions across the country, but it looks like there will also be good dry periods as well with sunny spells.
Afternoon temperatures will be in the mid to high teens and it will be breezy at times with mainly south-west winds.