Warm snap to end with temperatures dropping tonight
It seems the spate of our unusual warm weather is set to end as gales force winds will spread across the country this weekend.
Met Éireann has confirmed that southwest gales will occur widely across the country with ''some severe or damaging gusts very possible.''
The unseasonably warm weather of the last week has seen sea lions in the zoo lose their appetite and snowdrops sprouting in the Botanic Gardens.
The pre-Christmas heatwave tricked animals at Dublin Zoo into thinking it was autumn and led to them changing their behaviour.
Temperatures shot up to 15 degrees yesterday, making us warmer than many Mediterranean islands.
Today it will feel a little bit cooler than yesterday's mild weather with highest temperatures reaching a warm 10 to 12 degrees for December's usual chilly weather.
Rainfall is to make its way in from the west, with southwest gales spreading countrywide by tomorrow morning.
While the west coast will experience some isolated showers today, the rest of the country won't be needing umbrellas as conditions will remain dry.
The chilly weather will creep in tonight with temperatures dropping to 3 to 6 degrees.
We're set for a grim weekend as our surprise warm spate of weather ends.
Tomorrow and Sunday will be wet and very windy with spells of heavy rain.
While temperatures will stay at a reasonably warm 10 to 12 degrees, winds will only begin to ease on Saturday night.
Sunday will bring renewed gales from the southwest and showers in many parts of the country.
Hopes of a warm Christmas will fade as temperatures drop next week and Monday will see the traditional winter conditions set in.
While the capital and eastern parts of the country will be spared from the heavy showers, widespread showers in the west will be heavy and frequent, with some turning into falls of hail.