PUT away the boots and slip on some sandals as this weekend will actually be quite summery, writes Allison Bray.
Last year, most of the country slogged through yet another soggy May Bank Holiday weekend following one of the wettest Aprils on record. But this weekend will have above-average temperatures that will get progressively better, according to Met Eireann forecaster Harm Luijkx.
Although today will start off with temperatures of between just 5C and 6C, the mercury will rise to 11C to 15C this afternoon. Temperatures will remain mild overnight at between 7C and 9C.
The northwest will be the coolest, just nudging over double-digit figures, while inland areas and the southeast can expect the highest temperatures.
Much of the country will see a mixture of sun and cloud today with mostly dry conditions and the occasional patch of drizzle in the west and southwest, which will also be largely cloudy and dull, he said.
The best of the sunshine can be expected in Leinster and along the east coast.
The same conditions will persist tomorrow but temperatures will continue to rise to between 12C and 16C, falling back to around 8C or 9C overnight. Monday will be warmer, at around 16C-17C in most areas.
Although it will remain mild next week, rain is expected in all areas on Tuesday.
Close to a million people are expected to take to the roads, railways and skies this weekend as part of the annual May bank holiday exodus.
More than 220,000 passengers are expected to pass through Dublin Airport, on some 1,500 flights arriving and departing. The numbers are up slightly from this time last year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority.