People flock to beaches as holiday weekend gets off to a sunny start
Published 19/04/2014 | 02:30
IT didn't break any records for 2014, but that didn't stop people taking advantage of the sunshine.
The mercury rose to 16C yesterday, with people taking to the beaches and sea to enjoy a sunny start to the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Most of the country will bathe in sunshine today and, while temperatures won't be soaring, it will feel pleasant with light winds inland.
Met Eireann said today's temperatures were unlikely to break new records, but it would be very warm.
The best of the weather will be in the west, with Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare enjoying sunshine and temperatures of up to 16C. In Athlone, the midlands and Dublin, it will be one degree lower at 15C.
Ireland's warmest temperatures yesterday were inland, with sea breezes keeping the coasts cool. In some spots, the Easter sunshine rivalled Corfu and Sorrento on the mercury.
However, Pat Clarke warned of "split conditions'' on the horizon for tomorrow. Most of the country will start off dry and bright, with highs of 14 or 15C. But rain will sweep in late in the evening, particularly in Munster and parts of Leinster.
"The rain and showers will come in along the east coast late on Sunday. Monday doesn't look particularly good either and there'll be a lot more cloud around," Mr Clarke told the Irish Independent.
"There'll be rain as well, so it's a bit more changeable. There are a few flies in the ointment over the weekend, particularly in the east."
Meanwhile, Dublin airport is expecting more than a quarter of a million passengers to pass through both its terminals this weekend as people jet out in search of some sun.
An airport spokeswoman said the numbers flying over the next three days would be 13pc higher than in the same period last year.
The most popular sun destinations are the Canary Islands and Spain in general. The airport has warned passengers to arrive at check-in at least 90 minutes before their flight is due to depart.
DAA spokeswoman Siobhan O'Donnell said "the large increase in passengers travelling from Good Friday until Easter Monday is due in part to the 14 new services which started recently, as well as extra capacity on many existing routes from Dublin airport".
More than 200,000 people are also expected to use Iarnrod Eireann's intercity service up until Monday night. Spokeswoman Jane Cregan said: "We would advise people using intercity services in Dublin to turn up early and to book their tickets well in advance."
Stations on Dublin's northside will be closed for maintenance tomorrow, resulting in no services between Connolly station and Malahide.