Weather warnings in place as gale force winds forecast at Irish coastal areas
A weather warning has been issued by Met Éireann as conditions for the weekend are expected to remain dull, damp and blustery.
Winds along the coastal areas in the south of the country will reach gale force eight at times today, particularly around Loop Head to Erris Head to Malin Head and on the Irish Sea.
A gale warning is currently in place, issued by Met Eireann at 5am on Saturday morning.
"A very breezy weekend with gusts along the Atlantic coastline to be expected," according to forecaster, Siobhan Ryan.
"Today will be the milder day of the weekend with better temperatures of up to 21 degrees," Ms Ryan told independent.ie.
While parts of Leinster will escape the rain entirely, most counties will see moments of sunny spells with some scattered passing showers over the next two days.
"The showers can occur at any point throughout Sunday," said Ms Ryan, forecasting more "widespread showers" as the weekend progresses.
However, it will still be pretty muggy out there as temperatures will reach as high as 18 degrees. And that heat - and damp - is set to continue.
"Over the week, any afternoon sunshine will still feel quite mild," the forecaster said.
"It seems the rain is here to stay for the upcoming week; while there will be frequent sunny spells in areas, scattered showers will occur throughout the day.
"Lowest temperatures for Monday will be between 10 to 13 degrees."