Miserable weather to subside with high temperatures predicted for the long weekend
The Easter long weekend is set to be bathed in sunshine, with Met Eireann predicting temperatures as high as 15C until early next week.
The weather since late March has been a mixture of relentless drizzle and rain propelled by gusty winds and garnished with a side of fidget temperatures.
But this grim pattern is set to change as conditions are expected to “steadily improve” over the weekend.
Temperatures as high as 13C are predicted by Saturday afternoon, with that number steadily climbing well into early next week.
Saturday will be mostly dry with some sunny spells but some drizzle may affect northern coasts. Light northerly winds will become variable later and top temperatures will rise to between 12 and 14 or 15 degrees. Saturday night will continue dry with light winds and lowest temperatures staying between 2 to 5 degrees with some frost.
Easter Sunday and Monday will stay dry with light variable winds as the high pressure remains right over Ireland and there might be just some patchy drizzle in the west and north. Top temperatures will rise to between 12 and 15 or 16 degrees. However, nights will turn a little cooler with lowest temperatures falling to between zero and 5 degrees with some frost.
And Tuesday and Wednesday will continue under the influence of the high pressure system with mostly dry and mild weather.
But, typically, we have to get through today's chilly damp conditions before we can crack out the Hawaiian shirts and barbecues, as the Met office predicts:
Rain over the eastern half of the country early this morning. It will gradually clear with sunny spells and scattered showers following from the west through the morning. It will become dry this afternoon as any showers die out. Cool and breezy with fresh northwest winds and highest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees.
Tonight will start off dry with clear spells. However, cloud will increase from the northwest overnight and there'll be a little misty drizzle in places, mainly along northwest coasts. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees.
There was a big variation in weather conditions around the country throughout March, according to Met Éireann's monthly report.
Most stations recorded below-average temperatures, meaning that it was much colder than the same period last year.