Forecast for New Year's and into next week predicts 'mainly dry weather'

Longer range outlook suggests that it will be settled

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Forecasts are in for next week

Met Eireann expects our weather to stay mostly dry as we head into 2019, although some rain is also anticipated. 

Any overnight rain will clear into the Irish Sea in the early morning on Friday and the rest of the day will be mostly dry, with bright or sunny spells, but cloud will gradually increase again, with some patchy mist and drizzle developing, especialy along south and southwest coasts.

Max. 8 to 11 Celsius, in light westerly or variable breezes. Mild in most areas overnight, but mostly cloudy and misty, with patches of drizzle and fog, especially along Atlantic coasts. Some breaks in cloud may occur in parts of Munster and south Leinster, with a risk of a slight grass frost. 

Saturday and Sunday are once again expected to be mild and mostly cloudy, with many areas dry. Some patches of rain and drizzle will occur, possibly becoming more widespread across Connacht and Ulster on Saturday, though Sunday will be mainly dry, with just patches of mist, drizzle and fog mainly on coasts and hills. Breezy, with max. temperatures 9 to 13 Celsius, in moderate to fresh southwesterly winds. Overnight lows 6 to 8 C. 

Monday, New Year's Eve will continue mild and mostly dry, with a few bright spells, but with a good deal of cloud, with moderate southwesterly breezes. 

The longer range outlook suggests that it will be mainly dry and settled for the first few days of the New Year, but becoming colder, with a risk of fog and a slight frost at night.