Sun sets on hopes of a scorcher for holiday weekend
SCOTCH any plans for a scorcher this Easter weekend. The temperatures hovered around 17C yesterday, but it's not expected to get any higher.
The high-pressure system responsible for the warm weather will be replaced by unsettled conditions as the weekend progresses, according to Met Eireann.
Although temperatures will still remain warm, they aren't expected to exceed 17C with the best of the conditions forecast for today, according to meteorologist Klara Finkele.
A band of showers and thunderstorms moving in across the country from the south yesterday will give way to heavy showers this morning.
But they should clear off by mid-morning, leaving a relatively dry and bright day with slightly cooler temperatures of between 12C and 16C.
Temperatures will be cooler in the north and northwest with parts of Ulster and Connaught ranging between 12C and 14C while Leinster and east Munster will see the warmest temperatures.
Tonight will be dry but considerably cooler as temperatures drop to between 2C and 6C.
Easter Sunday will start off showery as a front coming in from the west brings early morning rain and drizzle, especially in the west and northwest.
But the showers will die off and it will remain dry for most of the day with occasional sunny spells, with temperatures ranging between 11C and 16C.
Easter Monday will be brighter but cooler with occasional sunny spells but temperatures are not expected to exceed 15C.
However, high pressure is expected to return during the early part of next week with settled and sunny conditions forecast from Tuesday through to at least Thursday.
Meanwhile, the summery conditions appear to have tricked a string of exotic birds into thinking they are in the Mediterranean.
Bird experts were astonished to see the sun-loving birds going off course by thousands of miles on their way home to Spain and France after spending the winter in Africa.
Leading ornithologist Eric Dempsey said: "These birds have overshot their intended destination. These birds are normally found in the Mediterranean at this time of year."