St Patrick's Day parades to have spring in step
Glorious sunshine and blue skies brought a touch of spring and lifted spirits throughout the country yesterday.
The good news is the current pleasant spell is set to continue for the rest of the week. It remained cool in the east and south yesterday, but the strong sunshine made up for the lack of warmth.
A Met Éireann spokesman said the weather was even better in the west, where temperatures rose to be "pleasantly mild" throughout the day.
Today, after overnight frost and fog clears away, it is forecast to be another dry day with sunny spells.
Eastern and southern coastal districts will be cool, but elsewhere will feel mild, due to light or moderate easterly breezes.
Highest temperatures today will be 12C.
It will continue to be dry and settled for the rest of the week through St Patrick's Day and over the coming weekend.
Met Éireann said the country will continue to enjoy the benefits of a high pressure system, slow-moving near Ireland and Britain, blocking out the Atlantic rain belts.
Winds will be mostly moderate but fresh at times in some coastal areas and over high ground. Cloud will vary through the week, but all areas will have some pleasant sunny spells. The nights will be quite cold with some ground frost and fog and maybe some air frost.