MET EIREANN: Mixed bag as sunshine and showers forecast for the weekend
Sunshine and showers are forecast for the day ahead as Friday started mild and humid it will stay generally dry through the day with warm spells of sunshine developing.
Cloud is set to increase along the East coast and a few showers will however move in off the Irish Sea later, some of these turning heavy up along the eastern counties this evening.
North to northeast breezes will be mostly moderate in strength but fresh up along east coasts. Highest temperatures will range 18 to 23 degrees Celsius, warmest across central and southern areas. Temperatures will be a few degrees lower around coasts as well as northern counties with onshore winds.
Friday night will bring scattered showers gradually moving westwards tonight in a moderate northeast breeze. Another relatively mild night with lowest temperatures 8 to 12 degrees Celsius.
Met Eireann is forecasting a few showers, mainly up along Atlantic coasts at first.
Drier elsewhere with a mix of cloud and hazy sunshine through the day, all in a moderate to fresh easterly breeze. Once again though some showers will move in off the Irish Sea through the evening, turning heavy and possibly thundery across parts of Leinster and then Munster before nightfall. Spot flooding is possible. Highest temperatures will range 17 to 21 or 22 degrees Celsius (best in the west).
OUTLOOK: Becoming even warmer over the coming days as Continental air continues to feed in across Ireland. A lot of dry weather bright weather generally with light to moderate easterly breezes, however as the humidity increases, so too will the threat of scattered thunderstorms.
TOMORROW NIGHT: Mild and close with fairly widespread showers. Some of the showers will be heavy and possibly thundery, especially across the southern half of the country. Mist and fog setting in locally too. Lowest temperatures 9 to 13 degrees Celsius.
SUNDAY: Again warm and humid with highest temperatures typically ranging 18 to 22 or 23 degrees Celsius, warmest across central and northern areas. Some southwestern counties will experience slightly lower maxima with onshore breezes. Some scattered showers early on but they will tend to become more isolated with spells of sunshine through the day, all in near calm. Thundery showers may move in across eastern counties around nightfall though.
MONDAY and TUESDAY: Very warm with temperatures in the low to mid twenties generally. Mostly dry and sunny with light easterlies, however some thundery showers will once again break out in parts, with southern counties most at risk of seeing these.
WEATHER WARNING: Orange 'High Fire Risk' alert issued as temperatures soar.