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Met Éireann predicts sunny spells for many counties with sizzling 17C highs

However, "heavy showers" will hit on Friday

People enjoying the fine weather at Sandycove and the Forty Foot, Dublin. PIC: Conor Ó Mearáin / Collins Photos

Eoghan Moloney

Parts of the country are set to bask in sizzling highs of 17 degrees with warm sunshine expected.

Temperatures won’t reach the highs of last weekend, with highs of 14-17 degrees and scattered showers in Connacht and Ulster at times. Wind will be strong on Thursday with fresh and gusty south to southwest winds, verging on gale force at times along coasts.

Any rain tonight will dissipate by Friday morning and Friday will again see a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers. Showers will be heavy at times with highs of 13-16 degrees.

It will be sunny on Thursday before a mix of sunny spells and showers this weekend.

“Showers will ease and become confined to western coasts on Friday night and it'll be dry for a time with clear spells. Lowest temperatures of seven to nine degrees with light to moderate southwest winds,” a Met Éireann forecaster said.

Saturday will start off bright in the morning before further afternoon showers, most frequent in the west and north, and becoming confined to the west coast overnight.

The rest of of the day should again be dry and clear with scattered showers with highest daytime temperatures 13 to 17 degrees in light to moderate southerly winds.

“There'll be a few further showers on Sunday with temperatures up to 18 degrees with light to moderate southerly winds, freshening through the day,” the forecaster said.

The unsettled weather continues into next week with further showers or longer spells of rain forecast for Monday with temperatures of 13-15 degrees as moderate winds become northwesterly for a time.

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