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Twenty-two-month-old Olivia O’Driscoll enjoys the last of the good weather on Greystones beach with her mum, Yvonne. Photo: Frank McGrath

Twenty-two-month-old Olivia O’Driscoll enjoys the last of the good weather on Greystones beach with her mum, Yvonne. Photo: Frank McGrath

Twenty-two-month-old Olivia O’Driscoll enjoys the last of the good weather on Greystones beach with her mum, Yvonne. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ireland can say goodbye to the dry, settled conditions that have seen families walking, cycling and jogging within 2km of their homes to break the monotony of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Met Eireann warned that, from the weekend, unsettled conditions will sweep the country with blustery winds and heavy rain showers.

The rain will be so heavy that in some areas from Sunday there may be a risk of localised flooding.

Colder

March had rainfall far below the monthly average, with Dublin receiving only 57pc of normal levels.

It also proved a much colder March than normal. The lowest air temperature last month, of -4.2C, was recorded at Dunsany, Co Meath.

The highest temperature, 16.5C, was recorded at Casement Aerodrome in Dublin.

However, unsettled conditions will sweep the country this weekend.

Met Eireann's Paul Downes said today should see some sunny spells, particularly in Dublin and on the east coast.

"Saturday will be dry in most areas with a good deal of cloud," he said.

Some patchy rain and drizzle will occur, with maximum temperatures between 9C and 12C."

Tomorrow night will see heavy rain spreading from Munster and west Connacht.

"Sunday will be a mild and blustery day with outbreaks of rain in the west and southwest spreading eastwards as the day goes on," he added.

"The rain will be heavy at times, especially in western and southern counties, with a risk of localised flooding."