Temperatures could hit 20C as country basks in sun
Sunseekers are in for a treat as temperatures could soar as high as 20C next week, with Ireland set to bask in more glorious spring sunshine.
Forecasters say this weekend will remain dry and sunny and next week will be even better. The mercury could possibly top 20C on Tuesday and Wednesday in some parts.
Met Éireann meteorologist Willemien Phelan said warmer-than-average temperatures for April were forecast for the coming days.
Today will start off dry and bright with long sunny spells. Temperatures will range from 10C to 14C, with highest temperatures expected in western counties.
Moderate easterly winds would cool things down along the east coast, she said. It will be cold at night too, with the chance of "mist and fog becoming more of an issue".
Tomorrow will be another dry and breezy day, with sunny spells and temperatures starting to creep upwards. "Western counties will reach up to 16C."
It will be cold and dry at night, with some good clear spells. Temperatures will hit freezing in some parts, with grass frost expected.
Monday will continue in the same vein, with good sunny spells in all areas, but some cloudy periods should be expected.
Temperatures will hit a high of 13C in eastern coastal fringes, due to an onshore easterly breeze.But western counties - particularly Mayo, Sligo, Galway and Clare - will enjoy sunnier climes, topping 17C in parts.
It will be cool and dry overnight, with lowest temperatures of 3C to 6C.
Tuesday and Wednesday will bring the best of the sunshine with temperatures reaching 18C.
"The country will enjoy the sunshine on both those days," Ms Phelan said. "Temperatures of 20C can't be ruled out, but it's difficult to predict at this stage. If it does hit the 20C mark, it will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"Hottest will be inland counties - sea breezes will develop and keep the coastal areas cooler. Maximum temperatures in April tend to be around 12C or 13C."
The sunny spell will continue on Thursday. But the pattern will change on Friday.