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Glorious sunny spring heatwave is over as snow heads this way

TODAY will mark the end of the unseasonably sweltering sunshine that has bathed the country for almost a week.

Temperatures are expected to dip this weekend as the more usual spring weather makes a return.

Met Eireann told the Herald that winds coming from the north would significantly cool the country from tomorrow, with temperatures dropping to low double digits.

On Tuesday, a new maximum temperature record was set in Belmullet, Co Mayo.

"We had 22.2C in Belmullet on March 27. This would have been a record for the month of March at that location.

"The previous highest temperature for that weather station was around 20C," Met Eireann forecaster Owen Sherlock told the Herald.

"In Dublin, we came near enough the record for March but we didn't break it.

"The warmest temperature ever recorded at this time of the year in the capital was in 1965 -- 23.6C on March 28."

Yesterday, the mercury rose to 21.1C in the warmest parts of the country.

However, Mr Sherlock said that our sun-filled days would soon come to an end.

"Today will be quite similar to what we have had over the last three days, with hazy sunshine and warm, dry weather, but it starts cooling down by tomorrow," he said.

Weekend temperatures should be around 13C and 14C.

Clare Allen, a forecaster with MeteoGroup in the UK, said that next month could see the return of a cold front carrying rain south from the Pennines that could turn to sleet or snow.