Temperatures to hit 17 degrees in parts of the country today - but make the most of it this weekend
The "fine spring weather" with temperatures as high as 17 degrees is to continue into Monday, according to a Met Éireann forecaster.
Ireland is set to be hotter than Madrid this weekend as the temperatures are due to average between 13 and 16 degrees, and are set to hit 17 degrees in the west.
Overall, the weekend is expected to be dry with prolonged sunny spells.
"It's another day of long, bright spells of sunshine," forecaster John Eagleton told RTE Radio One.
"The temperatures will rise with this sunshine, and it's set to be 13-16 degrees in places this afternoon.
"Temperatures could be as high as 17 degrees in parts of the west."
And the sunshine and unlikely March temperatures are expected to combat the Monday blues as well, as the good weather will continue into early next week.
"The fine spring weather continues into Monday, however Tuesday will get cloudier and showers will become heavy again next week," Mr Eagleton added.
The balmy temperatures will make Ireland warmer (and drier) than Spanish capital Madrid where rain and cooler temperatures are expected over the weekend.