Tuesday's weather: Dry and warm before rain extends eastward

Highest temperatures will be between 20 to 24 degrees

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Today will be mostly dry and warm with sunny spells over the eastern half of the country.

It will be rather cloudy in the southwest and west with patchy drizzle or light rain along the coast.

Later today, cloud will thicken in the west and winds will freshen as a band of rain will move into Atlantic coastal counties by early evening.

Highest temperatures will be between 20 to 24 degrees in the midlands and east; cooler elsewhere with highs of 17 to 19 degrees.

Southerly winds will gradually increase moderate to fresh, becoming strong and gusty in Atlantic coastal areas with the arrival of the rain.

Tonight, rain in the west will gradually extend eastwards, becoming light and scattered as the night progresses.

A clearance will follow from the west with clear spells and just a few showers. Lowest temperatures will range from 10 to 13 degrees.

The fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds will veer southwesterly with the clearance and moderate.

Information thanks to Met Éireann