THOSE notorious April showers appear to have taken a holiday this year and given away to more spring sunshine.
A dry weekend lies ahead with temperatures gradually rising.
According to Met Eireann the settled weather is set to continue into the middle of next week, with above average temperatures and bright spells.
Tonight will be mostly dry with a mix of cloud and clear periods. However, motorists are warned to watch out for mist and fog developing on some roads. Tomorrow is expected to be a pleasant day with just light winds. Temperatures are expected to rise to around 17 degrees in some areas with light southeast breezes. Forecasters say the outlook is for mainly dry, settled weather and becoming warmer through the early days of next week.
It will be dry on Sunday night with some mist and fog developing in places. The night will be cool, with lows of 4 to 6 degrees.
The first few days of next week will be dry and bright with some good spells of sunshine but there is a risk of only the odd shower developing in the afternoons.
Winds will be mainly southeasterly on Monday and Tuesday with temperatures getting into the high teens.
But east and south coastal areas are expected to be cooler in the breeze.
Experts say if the good spell continues until the end of the month, this April will be one of the warmest on record. The highest recorded April temperature in Ireland was 24 degrees at Valentia, Co Kerry in 1974.
Already this month the mercury hit 21C at the Valentia weather station as parts of the country rivalled traditional hotspots like Athens and Tenerife, whose temperatures barely hit 20C under cloudy skies. In recent years it hasn't been unusual for temperatures in Dublin to struggle to get above 12C in April.