Sun worshippers enjoy last rays with rain due
The country basked in glorious sunshine for yet another day - but a cold front is going to bring an abrupt end to the good weather this weekend.
Highs of 18.9C were recorded for the second consecutive day yesterday, matching the heat enjoyed on Tuesday which had been recorded as the country's hottest day this year.
The record-equalling reading was recorded in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, where people flocked to enjoy the Easter sunshine.
Met Éireann says it should be "more of the same" today with highs of between 16C and 19C in inland areas. However more cloud is forecast for Friday.
"There will be showery bits and pieces of rain breaking out and it could be misty on the south and east coast on Friday," forecaster Joan Blackburn said.
"The rain will give way leaving much colder conditions for the weekend. It will be colder than it has been with breezy conditions and showers at times."
She said temperatures would more likely be around 12C or 13C from Friday through the weekend.
The decline in temperature comes as the country's tourist attractions enjoyed a boost in visitor numbers.
In Cobh, there was a "big surge" over the past seven days according to tourism chair Hendrick Verwey, who said additional ferry services to Spike Island were required to "cater for the demand".
Ice cream sellers Scrumdiddly's said they had noticed a "definite increase" in customers.
The Guinness Storehouse also reported increased visitor numbers with 9,082 people - the second highest on record - packing into the famous Gravity Bar in the Storehouse at one point over the Easter break.