Weather forecast: It's mid-August, honestly...
IF YOU want to check your calendar again we don't blame you - but it really is still mid-August.
Any summer sunshine this week will be intermittent at best, and is likely to be chased away by wet fronts coming in from the Atlantic.
According to Met Éireann forecaster, Deidre Lowe, it will changeable for much of the week. But the overall outlook is gloomy.
Temperatures will struggle to get beyond the mid to high teens, and the suncream is not likely to be called into action.
Ms Lowe expects Tuesday to be the highlight of the week, at least in the south of the country, consisting of “sunny spells and potential light showers, while heavier rain remains temporarily isolated in the North.”
Andconditions will worsen throughout Wednesday – light rain in the morning will become heavier as we move into the afternoon. Met Éireann expects this rain to be accompanied by “fresh and gusty southerly winds, strong to near gale near coasts.”
This harsh day will eventually dissolve into a dry evening with lows of between 10 and 12 degrees.
A brief respite is expected on Thursday, a bright and fresh day with some scattered showers. As we move into Friday, however, Ms Lowe warns that the bad weather will continue, “Approaching areas of low pressure will bring back heavy rain extending across the country.”