GET ready to grab some rays – summer begins in earnest this week.
It's not quite time to break out factor 50 but temperatures will rise to normal levels over the next few days – bringing much-needed relief to a sun-starved nation.
The mercury is set to soar to a very pleasant 20C with dry conditions over most of the country, with the best of the warm spell in the sunny southeast.
According to Met Eireann, high pressure will dominate and we can expect temperatures up to 19C from today onwards.
From tonight it is expected to be mild and mostly dry through to the middle of the week.
Tomorrow will be a bright, very mild and mostly dry day with some cloud but good sunny spells and light northwest breezes and isolated light showers near northwest coasts.
From Wednesday to the weekend, dry days and lots of good sunny spells are expected with temperatures near or just slightly below normal. Any winds, mainly from the northwest, will be light.
While there are some signs that rain may come into the north and west by the weekend, weather experts say if it does fall the amounts will be small.