| 8.3°C Dublin

Where's summer gone? More wind and rain forecast

Al fresco dining and lazy days in the sun will be off the menu this week as the nation braces itself for an onslaught of wind and rain.

The glorious sunshine of recent weeks will be but a distant memory for the foreseeable future as the usual Irish summer weather makes an unwelcome return.

Barbecues and garden furniture were banished back into the darkness of garden sheds as up to 40mm of rain fell nationwide yesterday.

Met Eireann issued a yellow weather warning as the downpours led to treacherous driving conditions.

Today will bring more grey weather, with forecasters warning that the miserable conditions show no sign of improving.

"What we are going to have is a very mixed picture this week," said Met Eireann's David Rodgers.

"Temperatures across the week will be normal for this time of year, ranging between 16C and 19C, but it may feel cooler in places.

"Tuesday will see breezy and showery conditions nationwide with heavier and possibly thundery downpours in the north and west."

Mr Rodgers added that tomorrow morning will offer a glimmer of hope with some clear skies and sunny spells. But it won't be long until we see a return of the rain.

"It will be mixed again [tomorrow] afternoon but by Thursday afternoon we will see cloud cover pretty much across the whole island bringing the rain with it," he said.