An early summer sizzler is on the horizon - temperatures forecast to rise
Sunseekers are in for a treat as an early summer sizzler is on the horizon, with rising temperatures forecast across the country.
The best days are expected to be tomorrow and Tuesday, before conditions settle into proper late spring warmth, said John Eagleton of Met Eireann.
"It is gradually going to get warmer over the next few days," he said.
"The charts are showing us it will reach 21C and 22C.
"It may not be as high in Dublin because the winds will be easterly, but certainly in the midlands and the west of the country, that is what we are forecasting."
Met Eireann says showery rain will clear this morning, and we can look forward to a warm, sunny Sunday as the country basks in a 'mini heatwave', sending temperatures up to 20C or 21C.
It will be cooler along the east coast with moderate easterly breezes and highest temperatures of 15C-19C.
Parts of the country may experience scattered and possibly thundery showers in the afternoon and evening.
Tonight will be mainly dry with clear spells, as temperatures drop to between 9C and 12C.
Met Eireann says tomorrow will be another warm day, with temperatures hitting 22C in large swathes of the country. The best of the sunshine will be over the northern half of the country.
It will also be dry in most areas, although Munster and south Leinster may see some cloudy spells, with showery rain in the afternoon.
Highest temperatures will range from 20 to 22C for much of the country, but between about 16 and 18C, along south and east coasts, with moderate to fresh easterly breezes.
Tuesday will also offer patches of barbecue weather as the warm and dry conditions continue for most places, with highest temperatures of 19 to 22C.
However, it will be cloudy in Munster and south Leinster with rain or showers.
Temperatures along the east coast will range from 16 to 19C, with moderate to fresh northeast breezes.
On Wednesday the showers in the south will extend northwards and affect many counties.
However, the northern half of Ulster should stay mainly dry.
It will be a bit cooler with moderate northeast breezes and highest temperatures of 14C to 19C, warmest in the northwest.
On Thursday, temperatures will increase again, especially over the northern half of the country, where it will be mainly dry with sunny spells and highs of 20C to 22C.
Showers will continue further south and temperatures will range from 15C to 19C, according to Met Eireann.
It will be another warm day on Friday with the mercury reaching the low 20s in many areas.
It will also be mainly dry in all areas with sunny spells.
According to the national forecaster, some thundery rain is due to fall across Leinster and east Munster during the evening.
Official figures just released by Met Eireann confirm parts of Ireland have suffered the coldest and dullest April for decades.
Air temperatures across the country were well below average last month, dropping as low as -3C in Sligo.
Dublin faced its coldest April in 27 years, with ground frost recorded in the capital on 23 days of the month.
The city also endured its dullest April since 1998, according to the newly released records from the weather station at Casement Aerodrome.
There was no shortage of April showers either, with the weather station at Dublin Airport reporting its wettest April day since it opened 74 years ago.