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Rock star: Amy Kinsella from Newbridge, Kildare, with her ‘Tin Of Beans’ and ‘Be A Little Boulder’ painted rocks. Amy started the ‘Paint A Rock’ campaign on the Curragh plains to create a positive experience for families. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Rock star: Amy Kinsella from Newbridge, Kildare, with her ‘Tin Of Beans’ and ‘Be A Little Boulder’ painted rocks. Amy started the ‘Paint A Rock’ campaign on the Curragh plains to create a positive experience for families. Photo: Michael Donnelly

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Rock star: Amy Kinsella from Newbridge, Kildare, with her ‘Tin Of Beans’ and ‘Be A Little Boulder’ painted rocks. Amy started the ‘Paint A Rock’ campaign on the Curragh plains to create a positive experience for families. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Ireland's easing of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions is set to receive a major boost, with a three-day mini-heatwave likely from tomorrow.

Those planning shopping expeditions at garden centres and other stores as Ireland begins a cautious reopening after almost two months of lockdown can look forward to temperatures soaring to as high as 22C.

However, householders have been urged to enjoy the sunny spells and warm conditions from tomorrow to Thursday, as unsettled weather is looming on the horizon.

Today will begin cloudy with patches of drizzle, before dry, sunny conditions emerge and temperatures soar to 19C in the south and east.

"Tuesday will be mostly cloudy at first, with patchy rain and drizzle, mainly in the west, north and on the east coast, but becoming mostly dry during the day, with bright or sunny spells developing, especially in the midlands and east," a spokesperson for Met Éireann said.

"It will be quite warm, with maximum temperatures of 17C to 21C, but cooler on southern and Atlantic coasts."

Dublin and the east coast will enjoy the best of the sunshine and soaring temperatures.

"Wednesday will start a mostly dry day, with sunny spells, but rain will develop later on west and south-west coasts.

"It will be warm in many areas, with maximum temperatures of 17C to 20C degrees, but cooler in Munster and coastal areas," said the spokesperson.

"Thursday will be a dry day, with good sunny spells in most areas and highs of 17C to 20C."

However, the fine weather will likely end on Thursday, with cooler, wetter conditions expected to sweep over Ireland and last throughout next weekend.

The early indications for next weekend are a combination of rain and temperature drops of up to seven degrees possible.

Irish Independent