Bye to the summer sun as colder weather moves in
The summer holidays are not over yet, but autumnal weather has already arrived in most parts, as widespread downpours will continue to sweep across the country over the days ahead.
Warm, sunny spells will be few and far between as a rain system will continue to hover over the country during the coming days, according to Met Éireann.
After a sunny start in some parts in the southern half of the country this morning, conditions are expected to change for the worse, forecaster Willemien Phelan said.
"It will be dull, wet and miserable in the morning. But then it will brighten up from the south as the morning goes on. By mid-morning, showers will have developed and it will become wet again," she said.
This brief break of sunshine comes after a night of heavy rainfall, which saw thundery showers arrive in some parts of the country.
And the unsettled period is expected to continue until the weekend as temperatures also remain below average for this time of the year.
"It will be unsettled this week and there will be no signs of a real settled period yet," Ms Phelan said.
There will be scattered showers again tomorrow and Friday.
And the temperatures will be in the same region of 15C to 18C, one or two degrees below average for August.
"There will be some sunny spells tomorrow and Friday, but the scattered showers will be around and they will be heavy," she added.
"It is a slow-moving system that is overhead at the moment. It is a system that is going to hang around for Saturday and Sunday as well."