Enjoy last of the sun today: rain on the way
More unseasonable but welcome rays of sunshine swept across the country yesterday.
But while today should remain pleasant, things will take a turn for the worse this weekend, with cloud and rain bringing an overcast end to the Easter holiday sunshine.
Highs of 18.6C were recorded in Mount Dillon, Co Roscommon yesterday - with further good weather and highs of around 17C forecast for today.
"It was good again Thursday, but things are getting back to normal for the rest of the week and weekend," Met Éireann's Joanna Donnelly said.
"There will be outbreaks of rain late Friday evening and that will transition into more unsettled conditions, including rain and blustery conditions."
The changing weather is expected across the country as a front sweeps over from west to east.
Temperatures are forecast to dip to somewhere between 9C and 11C on Saturday and Sunday, and may even go below freezing overnight, resulting in some frost.
However, she added highs of 17C or even 18C could make a return later next week.
The good weather prompted a warning from the DSPCA, which said pet owners needed to be particularly vigilant at this time of year.
"It's important pets are kept hydrated and watch out for toxins like weed killer, lawn feed and mulch in the garden," spokeswoman Gillian Bird said.