THE SPRING sunshine that has sun lovers out in force is set to last into the weekend.
People were enjoying the glorious weather around the country yesterday and the good news is the rays are set to last.
Met Eireann revealed that the south and west of the country are set to enjoy the best of the sunshine in the coming days. This follows on from temperatures of 17C recorded in Valentia, Co Kerry, yesterday.
While today started cold with some mist, fog and patchy frost, this soon cleared to reveal a dry, bright and mostly sunny day.
Temperatures returned to the high teens and this trend will continue tomorrow.
"It will be nice into the weekend, and temperatures will return to between 8C and 12C, which is normal for this time of year," said a Met Eireann forecaster. After months of doom and gloom the sunshine gave the country something to smile about.
But while the weekend promises sunshine and light breezes, the cold weather will return at night. Ground frost is expected and will be particularly severe in the west of the country.
"Overall, it's going to be a good week and it will remain dry and bright in most parts of the country.
"However, the nights are still cold and we can expect some ground frost over the next few nights," added the forecaster.
Forecasters also confirmed that the country had suffered through a particularly cold winter. Temperatures for December, January and February were below average .
And it is also wetter than usual. Claremorris in Co Mayo experienced its wettest February since 1997.