Met Eireann weather forecast for the week ahead
The Met Eireann weather forecast for the weekend predicts a mixtures of heavy thundery rain showers and some sunny spells however there will be a drop in temperature compared to previous weeks.
A Status Yellow rain warning was issued for 9:00pm on Friday night valid until 9:00am Saturday morning with heavy showers expected overnight across the country.
There are some reports of possible localised flash flooding in places.
Starting on Friday night, showery rain will extend gradually northeastwards to all areas, with heavy and possibly thundery falls in places.
Clearer and mainly dry conditions will follow across much of Munster, with just a few scattered showers near coasts. Minimum temperatures 9 to 13 degrees.
On Saturday, showery rain will linger in the north for much of the day. However, elsewhere will see sunny spells and scattered showers, some of them heavy.
Cooler and fresher than recent days, with maximum temperatures of 15 to 19 Celsius. Winds mostly moderate to fresh westerly winds, but becoming strong and gusty in northern coastal areas.
Overall there will be a marked change over the coming days.
Most of the country will be dry at first on Saturday night but heavy rain or showers will move up over the country overnight, with particularly heavy falls possible in the east and southeast in the second half of the night.
Lowest temperatures will be between 9 and 13 degrees from north to south and winds will be mainly light to moderate from a variable direction, becoming northwesterly by morning.
Further rain on Sunday morning in Ulster but then it will clear away and it will become drier generally for a time in the afternoon, with sunshine and scattered showers through the day, with most frequent showers occurring in the northwest of the country. Highest temperatures of 19 to 21 degrees with moderate west to southwest winds.
According to Met Eireann, Monday will be fair at first but showers in the west in the early part of the day will become more widespread as the day goes on. Winds will be from the southwest bringing temperatures typical for the time of year.
The days out to midweek will be similar, with southwest winds dominating, but the current signal is for a gradual rise in temperatures once again, although there will still be showers for most days.
Despite all this rain, Met Éireann's weather partners in Britain are predicting a return of heatwave temperatures after the recent interlude of fresher weather.
While Ireland's cooler, wetter weather of recent days is set to stretch into the weekend and next week, the UK has continued to bake. Temperatures across the Irish Sea are set to peak at 37 degrees which if reached will be a July record high in Britain.