10 things that inevitably happen when the sun comes out in Ireland
With temperatures set to reach 17C this weekend, here's 10 things that will inevitably happen across the country as soon as the sun emerges.
1. Someone will try to organise a BBQ
Sure wouldn't it be a shame to waste the good weather? You nod in solidarity with other shoppers carrying lighters and BBQ kits in Tesco, as well as buying enough meat to feed a village.
2. Men will walk around town topless
As soon as the sun rears its head, Irish men bare their pasty chests and avoid the beach in exchange for sitting along the River Liffey to catch some rays.
3. Someone will get sunburnt
While temperatures may not even be in the twenties, there's always that one friend who gets burnt to a crisp, despite insisting they "don't burn."
4. Beer gardens will reach full capacity
If you want a seat in the local beer garden, you'd better move fast. Getting a seat in a beer garden is Ireland's equivalent to getting a sun lounger on holidays.
5. Photos of ice creams and cocktails will fill your social media feeds
Did you even go to Howth if you didn't take a photo of a 99 cone with a slightly blurry background of the sea?
6. Teens will flock to the beach in their hundreds
Plans have already been put in place in Whatsapp groups for the weekend for teens and adults alike, including which exact bus to get to the beach and what River Island bikini to wear.
7. Friday night will consist of layering on fake tan
Legs that haven't seen daylight since August last year will be revived through vigorous exfoliation and numerous layers of fake tan.
8. Garden furniture will be unearthed
"I told you we'd use this sun bed from Lidl," dads across the country will insist as they sweep away cobwebs and dead moths.
9. The 'summer clothes' box will be retrieved
The clothes that we buried away last autumn will be pulled out "for the weekend that's in it," as we all wonder how we fitted into those shorts just a few months ago.
10. People in soft-top cars will finally have their moment
They've waited all year for this, and now people who own soft-top cars can put the roof down as they cruise down the motorway, before they hit traffic in the direction of any seaside location.