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Grab your brolly... April showers are on the way

OUR brief warm spell is at an end with frost, hail and even thunderstorms on the way, forecasters have warned.

Traditional April showers are set to replace the glorious unbroken sunshine which baked the country in the last four days, Met Eireann has predicted.

Temperatures which soared above 21C in Dublin yesterday, will drop to just 10C and 13C with rain today and tomorrow.

Ground frost, hail and even thunderstorms are also expected for later this week.

While these stark changes seem surprising, Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke told the Herald that April was always likely to bring the most unpredictable weather of the year.

"It is a very funny month you get a bit of everything in April, we've often had frost, we've had snow, we've had storms, we've had heavy rain - it's kind of a mixed month," he said.

Cold wind from the west and northwest will replace the southern European air which had provided the country with some of its heat in the last week.

Meanwhile, Met Eireann is seeking planning permission to relocate some of its operations from the main Ring of Kerry, it has emerged.

The national weather agency said that it wanted to relocate the air monitoring part of its services from south of the town of Cahersiveen to northwest of Valentia Island.

The organisation expressed concerns that its site on the mainland had become "compromised" by a rise in housing and the increasing traffic in the last few years.

A decision is due next month.

hnews@herald.ie