Ireland 'unlikely' to record warmest Easter Sunday to date despite highs of 22C, with weather to take a turn next week
THE UK Met Office has recorded the hottest Easter Sunday on record in Northern Ireland - but it is "unlikely" that the Republic will record the same, Met Eireann have said.
Despite this, Ireland recorded the warmest day of the year so far yesterday, with temperatures soaring to 23C in Carlow.
The highest temperature recorded today so far is 22.1C in Dublin's Phoenix Park, Met Eireann said.
"It's not quite as warm as yesterday and we're still below the warmest April temperature," a Met Eireann forecaster told Independent.ie.
A sunny 25.8C was recorded in Glenties, Co Donegal on April 26 in 1984.
There are no confirmations if it was the warmest Easter Sunday to date in Ireland, but temperatures soared to to reach the top spot in the UK.
Temperatures reached 20.7C in Helen's Bay, Northern Ireland by 2pm, beating 19.4C in Armagh dating back to 1924.
Met Eireann have warned that the weather is to become "gradually cooler and more unsettled" throughout next week.
Highest temperatures on Monday will be between 18 and 22 degrees, but it will be cooler along south and southeast coasts with highs of 14 to 17 degrees.
Monday night will be dry apart from a few scattered outbreaks of rain, with lowest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees.
It will still be warm on Tuesday with highs of 20C, but coasts will remain cooler.
However Wednesday will see showers or longer spells of rain with highest temperatures of 13 to 18 degrees.
On Thursday, temperatures will fall back to seasonal values of 11 to 14 degrees with showery outbreaks of rain throughout the day.
With additional reporting from PA