There's a chill in the spring air but hotter and brighter days on horizon
SPRING is slowly but surely making an appearance with forecasters predicting that temperatures are set to increase this week after a chilly spell.
Temperatures will plummet to -2C at night time during the early part of the week but Met Eireann is anticipating a milder spell by the weekend.
"While this certainly isn't BBQ weather, overall we've a pleasant week ahead of us," said a spokesman for the forecaster.
Before that the country must endure some icy patches and strong winds, which are expected to be particularly bad in coastal areas.
There may be gales along the coast in Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork.
"Monday will turn into a wet and windy day with things getting very blustery at some points – but luckily that won't be typical for the rest of the week," the spokesman from Met Eireann told the Irish Independent.
"We'll have the wettest part of the week out of the way by Tuesday.
"From Wednesday onwards things are looking up for Dublin and the surrounding area as well as Mayo, Galway and Leitrim. There will be sunny spells across the country but Connacht and Munster will get the best of it," he added. Highest temperatures are expected to reach up to 11C.
All cobwebs should be blown away in Northern counties as a light breeze is expected to pass through Donegal, Derry and Down.
However, the Met Eireann forecaster said not to break out the summer clothes just yet as conditions will continue to be frosty at night throughout the week.
"By nightfall things will cool down a lot. We do expect some frost as well," he said.
Temperatures are expected to reach -1C after dark. The sunny spells are expected to last until next weekend for most of the country.
Meanwhile, clouds of rainbow coloured powder filled the air as students of University College Cork celebrated the Holi Festival on campus.
UCC students were in high spirits yesterday as they doused one another in vibrant paints, perfumes and powder.
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna and marks the beginning of spring. It is primarily celebrated in India, Nepal and other countries with large Hindu populations.