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Grab your brolly... bright spells will be chased away by the rain

EARLY birds were more likely to catch a cold than anything else today -- but forecasters promise that slightly better weather is on the way.

The dark, damp start to the week will give way to improved conditions, even if an umbrella remains a necessary accessory.

According to Met Eireann, the skies will clear up somewhat during the week -- but the outlook for next weekend is pretty bleak. Sunny spells will develop later today along with moderate to fresh winds and highest temperatures of 11 to 15C.

It will be cold tonight as temperatures drop to 2C in parts with frost in many inland areas.

There will be further light rain or drizzle near southern coasts on Tuesday but it will be dry elsewhere with sunny spells.

By Wednesday, we can expect the rain to make an unwelcome return "with some heavy falls occurring locally" at nighttime.

"After a wet start to Thursday, rain will clear east by afternoon and the rest of the day will be mainly dry and bright."

Friday will be showery, cool and breezy, say forecasters.

"Drier conditions will develop for a time next Saturday but widespread rain is likely to develop on Saturday night and persist for much of Sunday," said Met Eireann.