THE good weather is set to continue into the bank holiday weekend, meaning the Easter bunny had better stash his chocolate surprises in a shady spot.
With temperatures well above average, Met Eireann said the forecast is for warm weather over the next few days, with temperatures soaring up to 21C over the course of the weekend, though occasional April showers are expected.
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Temperatures in Dublin hit 18C, up to 16C in Cork and were a balmy 21C in the midlands yesterday.
A Met Eireann forecaster yesterday said that while some traditional April showers will be sprinkled upon some parts of the country, overall we "can't complain".
Meanwhile, Saturday looks set to be the best day of the weekend, along with Bank Holiday Monday, with fewer showers and temperatures soaring up to 21C nationwide on both days.
However, there will be more showers in the north west on Easter Sunday, with temperatures a little lower in the west.
A Met Eireann spokesman said that overall, rainfall over the weekend will be much lower than average, at only around 10pc of what might be normally expected in April.
Mist will clear today to give good sunshine in all areas, though coastal parts will see an onshore breeze, with showers breaking out in the south west.
There will be some more showers tomorrow in the North and in north Munster and south Connacht with a risk of thunder, though temperatures will remain at 17C to 20C.
Friday will see more light showers in the west, with less of a chance of showers in the east, while all areas will see good sunny spells. Overall temperatures will stay at around 17C to 20C.