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After the sun ... heavy rain and gales

THE sunny bank holiday weekend is to give way to rain tomorrow and Wednesday.

With long spells of warm sunshine, it may have felt as if summer had arrived on cue.

But no sooner has it made an appearance than the sun is to disappear again, according to Met Eireann.

Forecaster Evelyn Cusack said a weather system is approaching that will bring heavy rain and even gales.

The winds will get up to gale force in western and southern areas on Wednesday, but there will be some good sunny spells as well, she said.

Temperatures are to drop back again as well.

"Average temperatures this week are going to be one degree below average. But there will be some good sunny spells at times and also some spells of rain, typically during the coming week of about 15 and 30mm as weather systems break through from the Atlantic," Ms Cusack said.

She said growth for this time of year is about 12 days behind average because of low temperatures.

Tonight is to start off mainly dry, but rain will develop in the southwest early in the night and will spread to all areas overnight.

Tuesday will start wet with widespread heavy rain.

There will be thundery showers across the country on Wednesday, before some brighter weather makes its way here on Thursday.