Weather to hit 16C at weekend
Published 18/04/2014 | 02:30
IRELAND can look forward to dry and settled weather over the Easter weekend, with temperatures up to 16C giving a welcome boost to the tourism trade.
Just the west and north-west may see some very light rain from time to time, but even that will be slight, said Met Eireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly.
"There won't be a heatwave or anything like that but it will be one or two degrees above normal for this time of year," she said.
And the weekend will kick off with a very Good Friday, with sunshine in most places today and temperatures around 14C or 15C.
"Saturday will have similar conditions again. It will be dry almost everywhere and very settled and we should have more of the same on Sunday," said Ms Donnelly.
The east and south east may seem some light rain on Sunday night and into Monday, but Ireland will escape the torrential downpours due to hit Britain.
But that's not to say that we'll escape the rain altogether.
Rain will affect much of Leinster and the east of Ulster on Sunday night - with temperatures ranging between six and eight degrees.
Monday will see patchy rain and drizzle in Munster and also in parts of Ulster.
Meanwhile the Department of Agriculture has reminded forest owners, farmers and the general public that there is a higher risk of wildfires due to the good weather.
The department has issues a 'Condition Orange' high risk alert.