Those hoping for the traditional scorching weather reputed to accompany the start of the Leaving Cert each year will have to wait a little longer, as Met Éireann said wind and occasional heavy downpours are on the way.
Showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times in Ulster and Connacht, are expected for the start of the exams, with a risk of isolated thunderstorms. Met Éireann said afternoon temperatures will range from 15 to 18 degrees with a moderate to fresh and gusty westerly wind that will be strong at times along coasts.
Tonight will be mostly dry and clear with isolated showers in Ulster. Later in the night, outbreaks of rain and drizzle will spread across Munster and Connacht, in lowest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees.
Met Éireann said rain and drizzle will spread northwards over the country tomorrow. However, it will turn mostly dry with sunny spells by evening time, with highest temperatures 16 degrees in the northwest to 21 degrees.
It will be generally dry tomorrow night with isolated showers, mainly in the south and west. Lowest temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees are expected.
Met Éireann said Friday will be a breezy day with sunny spells and widespread showers. A few heavy downpours are possible too, with afternoon temperatures ranging from 16 to 19 degrees.
On Friday night, there will be some showers in the north and northwest, while most other areas will be dry with clear spells and lowest temperatures of 9 or 10 degrees.
A bright and breezy day is expected on Saturday with long sunny spells and isolated showers. Highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees are forecast.
It will be mainly dry on Saturday night with clear spells and lowest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees.
Sunday will be a largely dry day with sunny spells, isolated showers and highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees.
"The current indications is for mainly dry and settled weather for the start of next week with temperatures around normal for the time of year,” Met Éireann said.