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Finn Wohlfeil and dad Matthias cycle at Greystones waterfront

Finn Wohlfeil and dad Matthias cycle at Greystones waterfront

Finn Wohlfeil and dad Matthias cycle at Greystones waterfront

Mother Nature is set to take pity on house-bound families in full Covid-19 lockdown, with unsettled weather set to be interspaced next week with spells of bright, exercise-friendly sunshine.

Met Eireann stressed that while today will be mostly dry with a mix of clouds and spells of hazy sunshine, more unsettled conditions with heavy showers will dominate from tomorrow to Tuesday.

However, families intent on getting their daily exercise - within the recommended 2km zone by their homes - will have spells of sunshine to enjoy for walking, jogging or cycling from Tuesday onwards.

The best of the weekend weather will be today, with spells of warm, hazy sunshine and temperatures of up to 13C, particularly along parts of the east coast.

Tonight will see rain showers - some of which will be quite heavy - spreading nationwide.

"There will be outbreaks of rain in the west and south-west on Sunday morning and will extend eastwards to most areas as the day goes on, with some heavy bursts possible in south Munster and south Leinster," Met Eireann's Linda Hughes said.

Flooding

Some of the rain showers will be sufficiently heavy to pose a risk of localised spot flooding.

Gardai urged anyone who is driving tomorrow, such as essential workers or shoppers, to take care on roads given the threat posed by localised spot flooding.

The showers will persist through tomorrow night into Monday morning - with some longer spells of rain possible, Met Eireann said.

Unsettled conditions will bring milder weather, with temperatures likely to reach 15C in some places.

"Monday will see sunshine and scattered blustery showers, most frequent in the west, but becoming dry and sunny in most parts of the country by evening," Ms Hughes said.

Drizzle will hit some western areas on Monday evening, though they will largely clear away by early Tuesday morning.

"Tuesday is looking mainly dry, with some good spells of sunshine and highest temperatures of 11C to 13C," the forecaster added.

However, Wednesday and Thursday will see a mix of spells of bright sunshine and blustery showers.