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The luck of the Irish could be in as St. Patrick's Day weather 'to stay dry for parades'

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The parade in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The parade in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The parade in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Winter finally appears to be on the way out as Ireland is set to be hit with a warm spell over the coming week.

Very mild weather is due to hit Ireland tomorrow and will follow during the week to come.

With temperatures of up to 17 degrees expected tomorrow as everyone returns to work.

The burst of warm will make Ireland as warm as Greece, which is experiencing temperatures between 14 to 17 degrees this week.

While the day is due to start off mostly cloudy, it is expected to brighten up throughout the morning leading to a very mild day with sunny spells throughout.

The warm weather is due to continue into Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures of 14 to 15 degrees. While Tuesday will be mostly cloudy, the day will “remain largely if not completely dry”, according to Met Éireann.

St Patrick's Day celebrations were kicked off a week early this year in Chicago as thousands of people gathered to watch the river turn green. Chicago's annual parade and river dyeing always take place on a Saturday, so if the holiday doesn't fall on that day, it is the Saturday before.

The west and southwest coasts are expected to receive the best of the weather, with fresh spells along the Ulster and north Connacht coasts.

Wednesday will be dry in most areas with sunny spells developing throughout the day. With moderate southerly winds, the western and northern coasts will remain bright with the fresh weather.

The warm weather will be short lived with temperatures due to fall back down to 10 to 11 degrees on Thursday.

Early forecasts indicate that the country St. Patrick’s Day will remain dry for the most part in the morning.

“The bulk of the country will be dry in the morning. Donegal will be wet but most of the country will remain dry in the morning in time for the parades,” a Met Eireann forecaster told independent.ie.

He said that the early indications suggest that the country will be hit with a wet and windy afternoon. Maximum temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees are expected on Friday.

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