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Sisters Kate and Emily Duffin from Castleknock in the Phoenix Park this week

Sisters Kate and Emily Duffin from Castleknock in the Phoenix Park this week

Sisters Kate and Emily Duffin from Castleknock in the Phoenix Park this week

Families facing the threat of Level Five lockdown restrictions will enjoy a window of dry bright weather today for outdoor activity before rain sweeps over the country.

Today will offer some welcome spells of bright sunshine, particularly in Dublin and along the east coast, before the weather turns unsettled and rain dominates well into next week.

Some showers early next week will prove very heavy and pose the risk of localised flooding.

Unsettled

Met √Čireann's Joanna Donnelly warned that it will be quite unsettled next week, though overnight temperatures will be a bit milder.

"Today will be mainly dry with scattered showers in the morning, becoming isolated by afternoon," she said.

"It will be cloudier overall, particularly in the north and east with sunny spells elsewhere. Outbreaks of rain will develop on the south-west coast towards evening with highest temperatures of 10C to 13C and moderate easterly winds, fresh at times in the west."

Tonight will see rain sweep over many areas with the risk of both mist and fog in the midlands.

"Tomorrow will be rather cloudy, with rain or showers at times, and the rain turning persistent later in the afternoon particularly along southern coastal counties.

"The temperatures will range between 11C and 13C during the afternoon."

"There will be outbreaks of rain on Monday, heavy at times, and widespread throughout the country."

Further outbreaks of rain will occur overnight with the resultant risk of localised spot flooding.

Both the gardai and Road Safety Authority urged people to drive with care while complying with all Covid-19 travel guidelines.

The weather will continue unsettled into Tuesday and through midweek.