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Sun arrives in time for Easter break

Published 03/04/2015 | 02:30

People enjoying good weather in St. Stephens Green, Dublin
People enjoying good weather in St. Stephens Green, Dublin

Blue skies and sunny rays will arrive in time for the Easter break, with forecasters expecting temperatures as high as 15C over the long weekend.

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After a wet and breezy start to the Easter Bank Holiday weekend this morning, conditions are expected to improve this afternoon as an area of high pressure will spread across the country.

Conditions will continue to "steadily improve" over the weekend, said Met Éireann's Joanna Donnelly.

"There is high pressure building and that is going to clear away the rain as the days go on," she said.

"It is going to get drier, brighter, warmer and there will be no wind. There will have been some rain last night, but it will clear through the course of the morning and the high pressure will build from then on.

"So, from this afternoon on, it will be a steadily improving situation throughout the weekend."

Ms Donnelly said that temperatures will sit between 10C and 11C today, but said tomorrow "it will be between 13C or 14, or even 15C".

She added: "With each day that goes by, it will climb a little bit higher."

Some light drizzly showers may affect northern coasts over the weekend, but the dry and mild conditions are likely to continue until Monday.

Report

There was a big variation in weather conditions around the country throughout March, according to Met Éireann's monthly report.

Most stations recorded below-average temperatures, meaning that it was much colder than the same period last year. The warmest day of the month was March 7, when the temperature was almost 15C in the Phoenix Park.

The weather station at Dublin Airport recorded more than 11 hours of sunshine on March 21, the sunniest day there in 34 years.

Irish Independent

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