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Sunshine and showers Ireland weather: Mild day with highs of 14C before 'persistent rain' hits

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A red squirrel forages for food (Danny Lawson/PA)

A red squirrel forages for food (Danny Lawson/PA)

A red squirrel forages for food (Danny Lawson/PA)

The weekend is set to get off to a mild start with highs of up to 14 degrees however, but "widespread heavy showers" are set to hit next week.

Although Saturday will start off "dry and sunny", clouds and rain will creep in later this evening and a band of "persistent rain" will develop later in the south and spread northwards.

A Met Eireann forecaster said: "Dry and sunny with patches of mist and fog soon lifting for the majority of the country this morning. Cloudy with rain and drizzle in the south. Through the afternoon and in to evening persistent rain will develop in southern areas and will move slowly northwards."

The north will see afternoon highs of just 7 to 10 degrees but it will reach between 12 and 14 degrees in the south, with light to moderate easterly breezes, freshening along the south coast.

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Rainy day

Rainy day

Rainy day

Further rain will hit overnight and Munster and parts of Leinster will be drenched by a deluge tomorrow evening.

Met Eireann revealed: "Cloudy and misty tomorrow morning, with rain in Ulster clearing northwards. There will be isolated showers in the west and southwest through the day, more persistent and heavier rain will move into Munster and south Leinster during the evening."

Temperatures will remain mild through the day and night at about 12 to 15 degrees, in light to moderate southeasterly winds.

Heading into next week, the national forecaster predicts it will be "mild and unsettled with spells of rain and showers."

Monday looks set to a be washout with "widespread heavy showers", with the southeast being badly affected,

However, there will be some sunny spells also and temperatures will remain at a balmy 12 to 14 degrees with light to moderate southeasterly winds.

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