Spring temperatures on the rise but forecasters warn of looming cold spell
Temperatures will finally start to rise later this week after a cold and miserable start to April, forecasters say.
According to Met Éireann, we can look forward to a mild and settled week ahead, but forecasters warn there may be a return to cooler weather again next week.
However, the best of the weather will be in the west and north west as a high pressure system will bring cooling breezes to eastern counties.
"It will be quite cold today but temperatures will improve by the middle of the week, especially in the west and north west which will fare best this week," said Met Éireann forecaster Jean Byrne.
"High pressure will build across the country from Tuesday onwards with high pressure dominating.
"However, the winds will come from the east so it will be cooler along eastern coasts.
"A low-pressure system may bring some light and patchy rain to southern coastal counties later in the week also, but generally we are looking at a fairly dry week ahead for most."
There will be a few bright and sunny spells today but it will also be cloudy for most of the country with patches of mist or drizzle.
Temperatures will range from 10C to 13C today but it will be cold again tonight, falling to between 1C and 5C overnight, which could lead to a grass frost in some places.
The country can expect similar temperatures tomorrow with Wednesday looking like the best day of the week as temperatures rise to 15C as winds ease.
Some rain may affect parts of the south and south-west on Thursday and Friday, but there should be a lot of dry weather elsewhere, with temperatures up to 14C in the North and West.
However, Peter O'Donnell from Irish Weather Online warned very cool weather could return in late April with temperatures of 7C to 9C in the daytime and slight frosts most nights.
"It will be sometimes rather windy from the north-west, with the risk of snow showers in some places, with current guidance showing very cold conditions around ten days from now," said Mr O'Donnell.