Our weather is undergoing a major change in Ireland this week with the first real signs of a winter chill in the air and there is more on the way, according to Met Éireann.
Wet and windy weather is likely to dominate as we enter the first week of October with some heavy showers at times causing hazardous driving conditions.
There looks to be no let up with next week much the same, according to forecasters, who predict unsettled weather for the foreseeable.
They say Friday morning will start with "widespread heavy rain and squally downpours, leading to a risk of spot flooding and dangerous road conditions.
"Rain will clear eastwards by afternoon to sunny spells and showers. Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees in strong and gusty southwesterly winds, veering westerly and easing with the clearing rain."
"Breezy tonight with clear spells and widespread showers, some heavy with thunder in Atlantic coastal counties. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees in fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds," the latest forecast continued.
Looking to Saturday, the first day of October, Met Éireann expects more showers, "some heavy" at times with "highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees in fresh and gusty southwest to west winds." There will also be some sunny spells breaking through.
"Saturday night will be mostly dry with isolated showers in the north, it may turn cloudier on southern coasts with rain and drizzle there for a time. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees in moderate westerly breezes.
"Mainly dry on Sunday with sunny spells and isolated showers on northern coasts. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees in a light westerly breeze," Met Éireann prediction continued.
"Staying mainly dry on Sunday night with clear spells. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees with light to moderate southerly breezes.
"Mostly cloudy on Monday with rain and drizzle developing in the west in the afternoon, staying mainly dry for much of the day in the east. Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees in freshening southerly winds. Temperatures overnight on Monday night no lower than 11 to 14 degrees as rain moves eastwards.
"Wet and breezy on Tuesday with rain turning heavy at times. Highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees in fresh and gusty southerly winds."
Looking beyond that, forecasters say "current indications suggest midweek will continue unsettled with rain at times in moderate or fresh west or southwest winds and temperatures about normal for the time of year."
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