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Spring fling Ireland weather: Sunny spells today but wet windy conditions and flooding risk to follow

There might even be more snow although this will fall mainly on high ground as temperatures dip to just below freezing at night time.

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Spring flowers bloom on a roadside verge (Matt Pitts/Plantlife/PA)

Spring flowers bloom on a roadside verge (Matt Pitts/Plantlife/PA)

Spring flowers bloom on a roadside verge (Matt Pitts/Plantlife/PA)

The rest of this week will be wet and windy, Met Eireann has predicted, with heavy showers creating a risk of spot flooding in some areas. 

There might even be more snow although this will fall mainly on high ground as temperatures dip to just below freezing at night time.

A Status Yellow Gale warning remains in place for coastal areas as southwest winds continue to whip up the waters from Loop Head to Rossan Point to Fair Head.

However, for most of the rest of the country it will be a bright and breezy day with sunny spells and scattered showers.

Cloud will thicken from the south this afternoon and outbreaks of rain will push in over southern counties towards evening.

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Windy weather (stock photo)

Windy weather (stock photo)

Windy weather (stock photo)

More, heavier rain will move up from the south tonight, bringing a risk of spot flooding. The rain will turn to sleet, mainly over the western parts of the country overnight and may fall as snow on high ground as temperatures dip to -1 to three degrees.

Rain, and any sleet and snow will clear by Thursday morning, as sunny spells and blustery showers move in. Some of those showers will be heavy, with hail and a risk of isolated thunderstorms, but they will die out over much of the country as the afternoon goes on. It will feel cooler than recent days, with top temperatures of five to nine degrees.

Thursday night will start out dry and cool but wet and windy conditions will soon push into the west and southwest. Rain will extend countrywide overnight accompanied by fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds.

It will be a mild, wet and windy start to Friday, with widespread rain and fresh to strong and gusty south to southeast winds. It will be brighter as more showery conditions extend from the west during the morning with winds veering southwest and slowly moderating. It will stay cloudy in southern counties, however, rain may persist for much of the day maintaining the flood risk.

While showery rain will affect southern and western coastal counties on Friday night, it'll remain drier elsewhere with limited clear spells.

Showers or longer spells of rain will move up from the south on Saturday morning, and will be accompanied by increasingly blustery southerly winds. However, conditions look likely to improve during the afternoon with drier and brighter intervals developing.

There will be patchy rain in the east and southeast and isolated showers over Saturday night before a dry Sunday with some sunshine across the bulk of the country.

Indications for early next week are for further spells of wet and windy weather.

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