Weekend of wonderful sunshine gives way to dry first week of April
The brilliant sunshine that touched most of the country at the weekend topped off a March that was warmer than in recent years.
The sunshine will not stick around over the next few days, but the first week of April is set to stay mainly dry after a wet start.
Balmy temperatures over the past two weekends made Ireland warmer than the Spanish capital Madrid at times.
Co Kerry saw the warmest weather in March, with the temperature averaging 9.4C.
Despite the past two sun-drenched weekends, rainfall for March was higher than the past four years, with St Patrick's weekend in particular seeing heavy rain across the country.
However, after a wet day today, dry weather will return for the rest of the week, albeit without the brilliant sunshine the country was spoiled with over the weekend.
Forecaster Matthew Martin of Met Éireann said: "There won't be the wall-to-wall sunshine that we've seen recently but it will still be dry. The cloud will be forming on the west, moving eastwards tomorrow morning, bringing scattered showers before clearing for the rest of the week.
"Rain will ease after tomorrow and dry weather with average temperatures will extend up until Thursday at least," he said.
Today will be a blustery day, with light rain expected to reach the east of the country around lunchtime.
The rain will turn more showery in the west tomorrow afternoon, and strong winds will gradually fall, with temperatures reaching up to 15C.
It will get slightly cooler during the week, with high temperatures of 12C-13C across the country.
Sunny spells will "remain possible", according to Mr Martin, but it will be mainly overcast at the end of the week, with isolated rainy spells.