Temperatures forecast to hit 20 degrees over Easter weekend
Conditions expected to dry up on Tuesday with sun coming out more as weather settles
Once the rain clears away on Monday night, it will make way for glorious spring weather with temperatures of 21 degrees this weekend. File Photograph: Eric Luke
The unseasonably cold weather of recent days is forecast to start warming up from Tuesday as temperatures across the country edge back into the teens ahead of an expected sunny spell over the Easter weekend.
Damp and misty conditions and early morning fog are expected to clear early on Tuesday with dry weather taking hold across much of the country.
Lingering overnight outbreaks of rain will remain for a time over the east and northeast regions but the day is set to gradually brighten.
Temperatures are forecast to range between 9 and 15 degrees.
Heavy rain in recent days saw Met Éireann issue a status orange weather alert across Cork and Waterford with risks of flooding in southern parts of Cork. An orange alert means conditions could have a significant impact on people and they should be prepared for them.
The warning remained in place until Monday evening with skies clearing overnight and southeasterly winds also easing.
“From Tuesday it is improving,” said Met Éireann forecaster Liz Gavin. “As we go through Wednesday we are becoming mostly dry with the sun coming out. It will slowly heat up. The dry settled weather will persist until at least Easter Sunday.”
Temperatures are set to remain in the mid-teens from Wednesday onwards, with the mildest weather in the west with fresh easterly winds. Thursday will be even warmer with temperatures of 17 to 18 degrees.
The best days of the Easter weekend will be Friday and Saturday with temperatrues potentially rising to 21 degrees on both days in the west of Ireland. It will be slightly cooler in the east because of easterly winds.
Easter Sunday will also be a pleasant days with temperatures of around 18 to 19 degrees. It looks like rain will be in the air for Easter Monday.
“It looks like cooler weather after the Easter weekend,” Ms Gavin said. “Unfortunately, the good weather is not going to last until June, but there is a lot of uncertainty about the weather next week.”