Rain and any sleet in the east will clear soon after dawn on Tuesday. Isolated showers elsewhere will die out during the day and all areas will have sunny spells.
Moderate, westerly winds will steadily back southwesterly. Highest temperatures 7 to 10C.
Tuesday night will begin mainly dry and clear with mostly light winds, and it will turn cold enough for frost to set in briefly.
However, southerly winds will strengthen overnight bringing cloud and rain quickly eastwards to all areas; the rain will turn heavy in western counties by dawn.
Wednesday will be overcast with rain in all areas turning heavy at times; south to southwest winds will remain strong and gusty until evening also.
Early in the night, the rain will clear eastwards but showers will follow on western and northern coasts.
Winds will veer southwest to west while moderating but frost will occur only in sheltered places.
Showers or longer outbreaks of rain will affect most places during Thursday; winds backing southwesterly will strengthen again but it will turn milder gradually.
Friday will be another breezy day with further outbreaks of rain or heavy showers, mainly affecting the northwest and west of the country.
This spell of wet and windy weather will continue out to the weekend with further rain on Saturday finally clearing to showers later in the day and then the showers finally dying out on Sunday. It'll be cold but the winds will ease off.
Most soils are now saturated and with little drying and further spells of rainfall expected this week there is little improvement in soil moisture conditions to be expected.
Mean soil temperatures are above normal for the time of year for most parts of the country.
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