Pictures: Farmers making the most of the sunshine before rain returns
The farming community are making the most of the recent dry spell with tractors on the move across Ireland at hay and silage work.
Met Eireann has said rainfall has been below to well below average over much of the country for the past week, with the exception of northwest Connacht and west Ulster where rainfall has remained near average or slightly above.
High pressure has become more dominant in recent days and with this situation continuing over the next few days.
Drying will be good or very good up until around midweek with little or no rain in the forecast and warm sunshine expected.
The next few days will also see some very warm temperatures, particularly in the east and south of country but temperatures will return to more normal values later next week.
However, a return to a more mobile Atlantic flow is expected from around midweek onwards with showers or longer spells of rain at times.
Forecasted accumulations over the coming week will vary reflecting the scattered nature of the precipitation, but it will be mostly drier than normal over the bulk of country, generally 40 to 80%.
Exceptions to the rule will be the coastal fringes of Connacht, West Munster and west Ulster where about 150% of the normal rainfall is expected over the coming week.