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Break out the barbecue... but keep your brolly close at hand

HIT the beach or dust off the barbecue this weekend but keep your brolly handy for Monday.

Fine weather is expected for the weekend but the sunny spell is not to last with all too familiar rain expected by early next week.

Tomorrow is expected to be mostly dry and Saturday will be a very fine, bright day with temperatures reaching 21 degrees in some places according to Met Eireann. Sunday will be warm and humid with temperatures as high as 22 degrees.

There will be mist in coastal areas and some light drizzle in parts.

By Sunday night a band of heavy rain is expected to move in over Ulster and Connacht with showers in all parts of the country on Monday.

Forecaster Gerry Murphy says "Things look fairly good overall," and predicts better weather next week.

"After that rain clears away, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday should be mostly dry with a mixture of sunshine and clouds.

The only significant rain over the next seven days will be on Sunday night and Monday."

This change in weather will be a welcome relief as Ireland has has an unusually wet summer so far, with most place recording the highest rainfall on record for June.

hnews@herald.ie