Ireland will be as warm as Greece in run-up to St Patrick's Day
We always hope for a dry St Patrick’s Day – and this year we might get it.
Friday is expected to be bright during the first half of the day, just in time for parades across the country.
However, rain will put in an appearance in the evening.
It appears we are finally bidding farewell to winter this week as the country is set to enjoy a warm spell.
Very mild weather, with temperatures of up to 17C, are forecast for today and tomorrow.
The good weather will make Ireland as warm as Greece, which is expected to have temperatures of 14C to 17C.
Met Eireann said the country will enjoy some sunny spells today and tomorrow.
The warm weather is due to continue into Wednesday, with temperatures of 14C to 15C.
The best of the weather is forecast for the west and south-west coasts – areas that are normally battered by wind and rain.
Wednesday will be dry in most areas with sunny spells developing throughout the day.
With moderate southerly winds, the western and northern coasts will remain bright.
The almost balmy conditions will be short-lived, however, with temperatures due to fall back to 10C or 11C on Thursday.
Early forecasts for St Patrick’s Day indicate that the country will remain dry for the most part in the morning. “The bulk of the country will be dry in the morning,” said a Met Eireann forecaster.
“Donegal will be wet, but most of the country will be dry up to the afternoon, which is good for the parades.”
He added that indications suggest the country will be hit with a wet and windy afternoon. Maximum temperatures of 9C to 12C are expected on Friday.