Irish weather forecast: Met Éireann predicts warm winds from Europe for Easter Bank Holiday weekend

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Irish weather forecast: Met Éireann predicts warm winds from Europe for East Bank Holiday weekend

Get your shorts out for the weekend as Met Éireann has predicted a rise in temperatures bringing a big change following a wintry weekend of weather warnings. 

Met Éireann forecaster Jean Byrne said in Monday evening's forecast that we are in for a dry and bright week. Friday and Saturday will see temperatures up to around 20C and 21C. 

"Wednesday through to Saturday should be dry and bright everywhere and temperatures will be on the up its going to become very mild by the end of the week.

"Pressure building after that from Scandinavia once again which is pretty good news because it means dry settled weather and temperatures will improve because the wind will be coming from southern parts of Europe becoming particularly mild especially for western areas later in the week," she said.

The Met Éireann forecast says in general, up until the end of Saturday, the weather over Ireland will be mild and largely dry. The nights will be frost-free. 

Wednesday night will be dry with patches of mist and fog. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees. 

Thursday will be dry with good sunny spells developing after any mist or fog clear. Highest temperatures of 12 to 14 degrees along east facing coasts, but reaching between 15 and 18 degrees elsewhere, warmest in the west with moderate east to southeast breezes. 

Good Friday will be dry with sunny spells. It will be warm with light variable breezes and highest temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees. 

Saturday will continue warm and mainly dry with sunny spells. However, it will become cloudier in the northwest with perhaps some drizzle later in the day. Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees in the west and northwest, but between 18 and 21 degrees for the rest of the country with light breezes. On Saturday night, rain and drizzle will move down over Connacht and Ulster. 

Easter Sunday will be mostly cloudy with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle. It will be cooler also with highest temperatures ranging from 12 degrees in the northwest to 17 degrees in the southeast and light to moderate southwest breezes. 

At the moment, it looks like our weather will become much colder and unsettled from Easter Monday onwards with rain or showers at times and with temperatures dropping back to around 10 or 11 degrees.