Sun to shine this weekend after week of hiding behind the clouds
Sun worshippers were out in force as the capital was treated to clear blue skies and warm temperatures in a welcome reprieve from the rain.
Last weekend, a mid-week mini-heatwave was predicted, and although the sun shone for long spells on Sunday, the weather turned showery as the week went on.
However, it seems yesterday's good weather is set to stay, with highs of around 20 degrees expected across the weekend.
Tourists, students and couples flocked to the parks and beaches around the country, with workers also enjoying their lunch breaks lounging in St Stephens Green.
The beaches along the coast from Bray to Howth were also packed with hundreds making the most of the good weather.
Today is expected to be largely dry and sunny in most areas, but some clouds may build up by the afternoon and produce the odd light shower.
Highs are predicted to hit between 17 to 21 degrees, although areas along the east coast and the capital may experience cooler temperatures, albeit only slightly cooler at around 16 degrees.
Saturday will be mainly dry with just a few isolated showers later on in the in day, mainly in the south west of the country.
Temperatures will reach 17 to 19 degrees across much of the rest of the country. However, it will remain several degrees cooler on both the east and south coasts where onshore breezes will continue to keep things much fresher.
Sunday is expected to be another dry day, with the chances of rain diminishing as the day goes on.
Temperatures are again expected to reach between 18 to 20 degrees across the country.