OUR late March sunshine was merely a 'pre-summer fling' as forecasters warn that a cold and miserable period is ahead.
Shoppers who rushed out for sunglasses and shorts at the first sign of summer are set to be severely disappointed.
Forecasters say that the remainder of April will fail to match the 20C temperatures of recent weeks -- in fact rain, sleet and snow are more likely right up to the beginning of May.
While garden flowers came into bloom early this year, they now risk having their colour cut short by frost.
Met Eireann say that the rest of this week will remain showery up to and over the weekend.
Despite some sunshine it will remain cool with frosty nights and possibly icy patches on roads.
Temperatures will repeatedly drop to around -2C at night, with hail showers in places.
"Saturday and Sunday will be cold, bright days with moderate to fresh northeasterly winds.
"Some sunny spells each day, but some rain or hail showers also, with possibly even a little sleet on hills and mountains of the north and east," Met Eireann predict.
"Top temperatures will be just 7 to 10 C., which are a few degrees below normal for mid April."