Bank on bucket and spade weather for the weekend
THE sun will shine on Easter egg hunts this weekend with forecasters predicting the dry spell will last through the bank holiday.
Springtime arrived in earnest with much of the country enjoying glorious sunshine this week.
And while today will not be quite as pleasant, the sun will make a return this Friday in time for the long weekend.
Temperatures will not be quite as mild as they have in recent days but the early indications are that Saturday and Easter Sunday will start out well.
Good Friday is set to be the best of the days ahead, with plenty of bright sunshine promised for all parts.
Tomorrow will feel cooler with showers expected in the afternoon – but even if the weekend does bring occasional rain, more high pressure is making its way towards us again from Tuesday.
Met Eireann's John Eagleton said that overall it's going to be a fine Easter weekend.
"The rain in the northwest may spread to parts of Leinster later this afternoon even though it will start good in the east and south," he said.
"Thursday will be a fresher day with April showers in the afternoon but Good Friday is very good and Saturday is good although temperatures won't be quite as high but it still will be pretty dry and sunny."
And although Easter Sunday may start good, the skies will darken later in the afternoon and bring a spell of heavy rain from the south that night.
The remnants of that heavy rain will still be around on Monday but the latter part of the bank holiday is looking much better.
"There's not much rain forecast apart from Sunday night which is a bit of an unknown quantity – but overall, I don't think there will be a lot of rain and there will be some very good days," Mr Eagleton said.
Chef Clodagh McKenna made the most of yesterday's sunshine to launch Limerick's Riverfest that runs over the May bank holiday weekend.
The four-day event will include the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, Ireland's largest barbecue cook off, the Continental Fair and an outdoor fashion show.
Meanwhile in Co Waterford, details were announced of Garden Trail at Mount Congreve Gardens. Events kick off on May 2 at Lismore Castle Gardens, the first of a series of garden visits in stately homes and gardens not usually open to the public.