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Sunshine will be ideal for exercise before rain returns

Sunshine will be ideal for exercise before rain returns

Sunshine will be ideal for exercise before rain returns

Families under Covid-19 lockdown planning egg hunts in the back garden to occupy their children face an Easter weekend of sunshine and showers.

Met Eireann have forecast a cool weekend marked by spells of bright sunshine and patchy showers.

However, the best of the weather will be over the coming three days in the run-up to Good Friday and will be perfect for permitted exercise within 2km of homes.

Today until Thursday will be warm, with temperatures of up to 17C, with long dry spells and bright sunshine.

Met Eireann's Gerry Murphy said the next three days would prove pleasant for most parts of the country.

"Today will be a bright day with good sunny spells in most areas," he said.

"It will be milder, with highest temperatures of between 11C to 15C.

"Tomorrow will be mild and mainly dry, with sunny spells over much of the country.

"It will be cloudier in western and northern parts of Connacht and Ulster, with perhaps some light rain or drizzle in coastal areas, with highest temperatures 12C to 16C.

"Thursday will be quite warm and will be dry over much of the country, with the best of sunny spells in Leinster and Ulster."

Cloudy

However, rain showers will spread from the south-west on Thursday evening, with Friday expected to be quite unsettled.

"Friday will be mostly cloudy with rain or showers, which will eventually clear north-eastwards in the evening or early night," said Mr Murphy.

"Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a fair amount of dry weather and some patchy rain or light showers.

"It will be a bit cooler, with highest temperatures of 12C to 15C."

The forecast indicated that Easter Sunday is going to be much cooler, with blustery winds and occasional rain showers.

Gardai have urged people to comply with all social distancing guidelines over Easter and to remain at home unless undertaking permitted journeys.

Increased patrols will be maintained around amenities, beauty spots and coastal areas to discourage any Easter Sunday social gatherings.