Spring in the air as sunshine to push mercury as high as 16C
The country is set to bask in warm spring sunshine this week with temperatures to reach as high as 16C.
A high pressure system is set to move in across the country, bringing with it a prolonged spell of pleasant weather for most of the week.
Despite a risk of overnight frost, today will get the week off to a crisp and dry start with temperatures ranging from 10C-13C.
This theme will continue into the week, and temperatures will continue to rise.
Dry, sunny weather tomorrow and Wednesday will produce temperatures of between 11C-14C, and despite some patchy showers and light south-westerly winds, the days will be some of the mildest so far this year.
Thursday will be better again, with temperatures of 12C to 16C set to make it the warmest day of a fine week.
Moderate southwest winds can be expected to make it fresh along the Atlantic coast, but the day will be mostly dry and sunny.
On Friday, it will be rather cloudy across Connacht and Ulster with patchy light rain. However, it will be dry elsewhere with some sunshine and top temperatures of 11C to 13C.
Early indications suggest that temperatures will begin to cool down again by a few degrees going into next weekend.
Despite the increase in temperature, Met Éireann meteorologist Liz Walsh said that the unpredictability of spring means that the good weather is unlikely to prevail and that snow and ice are not off the cards, even into May.
"There'll be lots of dry and settled weather.
"We had a very nice end to February, so I would say it's going to be comparable to that," she said.
"It's still very variable though. You can get snow in April and indeed May and you can have hail showers as well, so I wouldn't say that summer is on the way, it's still March and springtime can be quite up and down.
"For now though, it looks like being very settled and warm weather," she added.