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Get ready to go balmy over Easter weekend as city set to bask in summer-like 22C heat

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Oscar and Eva Grey play on the beach.

Oscar and Eva Grey play on the beach.

Oscar and Eva Grey play on the beach.

Hazy sunshine and temperatures significantly higher than normal for this time of year are in store for much of the country over the Easter weekend.

Dublin can look forward to highs of between 16C and 22C throughout the holiday, according to Met Eireann.

Overall, it will be a very pleasant weekend, the forecaster said.

The normal maximum temperature for this time of year is between 10C and 13C.

"So to have highest temperatures of between 16C and 22C is fantastic," a forecaster told the Herald.

Meanwhile, the promise of summer-like conditions and the lifting of the Good Friday ban on alcohol sales last year has some public- ans gearing up for a busy weekend.

Lorcan Gibney, co-owner of Gibney's pub in Malahide, said the lifting of the ban after 91 years saw pubs overflowing with customers last Easter.

"Last year was crazy. It was packed and there was a good buzz in the place," he said.

While the novelty of being able to legally drink in a pub on Good Friday may have worn off slightly this year, Lorcan expects the good weather will have the pub's beer garden buzzing again.

"It's been flying all day, so I imagine it will be even more crazy tomorrow," he said last night.

Although today is offic- ially a bank holiday and not a public holiday, for many people not employed in the public sector it will be a normal work day.

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Ashleigh Baxter and Stacey Flood go for a paddle at Dun Laoghaire

Ashleigh Baxter and Stacey Flood go for a paddle at Dun Laoghaire

Ashleigh Baxter and Stacey Flood go for a paddle at Dun Laoghaire

Diversions

However, commuters are advised to check the timetables for both Irish Rail and Dublin Bus, which will be operating on varied holiday schedules over the weekend.

Dublin Bus will offer a normal weekday and NiteLink service today, with some exceptions, and a Saturday and Sunday schedule for the remainder of the weekend.

There will be temporary diversions in place in the city centre on Sunday until 3pm.

Irish Rail is also conducting track works over the weekend, with alterations on the Dart service between Howth Junction and Malahide.

Dart and commuter trains will run on a Saturday service today, with some alterations and a Sunday service with some alterations for Easter Monday.

Provession

There are loads of events taking place over the weekend.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will lead the Way of the Cross through Phoenix Park today.

The procession will proceed from the Wellington Monument at 12pm to the Papal Cross.

Deirdre O'Kane will join a phenomenal line-up including Camille O'Sullivan, Aidan Gillen, Finbar Furey, Tommy Fleming, Natty Wailer, Duke Special, the Celtic Tenors and some special guests at the Olympia Theatre on Tuesday night for the Rock Against Homelessness gig.