Ireland's weather is due to take a wild turn in the middle of next week with unsettled conditions dominating Met Éireann's latest forecast.
The national forecaster foresees horrendous conditions within days despite a dry and bright start to next week.
Starting on Saturday, blustery and showery weather will dampen spirits around the country. There will be "frequent heavy and thundery showers along with the chance of hail, mainly over the western half of the country but extending eastwards through the day bringing spot flooding and disruption," according to Met Éireann.
The evening may be worse with it "becoming windy as fresh to strong and gusty southwest winds develop. Highest temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees but feeling colder in the wind."
It will be "windy early in the night with showers persisting for a time, bringing further heavy falls to some parts. Turning drier overnight as showers become mostly confined to the north and northwest.
"Winds will ease light to moderate southwesterly overnight. Chilly with lowest temperatures of 1 to 5 degrees."
As a reprieve, Met Éireann is predicting a "calm, bright, and mostly dry start" to Sunday morning.
They say: "Cloud will build from the south through the day, bringing outbreaks of heavy rain during the afternoon and evening. Rain will reach the northeast in the evening. Becoming breezy with the rain as southeast winds increase fresh to strong and gusty. Highest temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees."
Rain will clear northwards overnight on Sunday into Monday, with clear spells following.
"Showers will continue in the west and northwest. Breezy with moderate to fresh southerly winds, strong along coasts. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees, coolest in Ulster," the latest forecast says.
Looking to next week, Met Éireann said: "A drier day on Monday with spells of sunshine and some showers in the north. Breezy at first with moderate to fresh southwest winds, easing mostly light later. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees.
"A cold, dry and mostly clear night. Some mist and fog will develop in light easterly or variable winds. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees, milder in the south.
"A good deal of dry weather [on Tuesday] with sunny spells for most, though it will turn cloudier through the day with some light rain and drizzle in southern areas. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees in moderate to fresh easterly winds."
Tuesday night will be "a breezy, mostly dry and clear night with cloud, rain or drizzle lingering in southern areas. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees in moderate to fresh easterly winds."
Wednesday will be mostly dry with sunny spells over the northern half over the country.
"Rain, heavy at times, will slowly push northwards from southern area through the day. Another windy day with fresh to strong easterly winds. Highest temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees."
Beyond that, forecasters say it will be "remaining unsettled late into the week, though current indications suggest high pressure will build for the weekend, bringing mostly dry and settled weather."
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