The country could dare to prepare for summer this weekend with forecasters suggesting widespread sunshine and temperatures as high as 20 degrees.
While the build up to the weekend will be a bit mixed across the country, the expectation is that cloudy and rainy conditions will all but disappear by Saturday.
“Long spells of warm sunshine are expected on Sunday with only a slim chance of some showers developing in the west,” Met Éireann said.
“High temperatures of 17 to 20 degrees in general, but a little cooler on the coasts as the sea breeze develops.”
With that prospect likely to lead to an increase in beach visits, there’s more good news: the latest analysis of water conditions in Ireland shows an improvement in conditions.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday, the vast majority of bathing water in the country (78 percent) is now of excellent quality, though anyone looking to run the dunes over the weekend should still be careful. with other contamination.
“Agriculture, urban sewage and dog fouling on beaches still affect bathing water quality,” the agency said.
Still, with 97 percent of all sites having at least the minimum water quality standard, it seems like a good time to hit the beach again.
Friday may give the wrong impression to anyone making plans: the day will see plenty of showers and cloudy weather, but this will pass in favor of better conditions.
Meteorologists at Met Éireann say that with highs between 16 and 19 degrees, Saturday will also clear the clouds and fog in the afternoon to make way for similar conditions.
However, Sunday is likely to take the prize, with “long spells of warm sunshine,” just a touch of rain in the west, and temperatures reaching 17-20 degrees, albeit a bit cooler around the coasts.
The last day of the weekend would seem like an opportune time for Sceilg Mhichíl in Co Kerry to reopen for its first full seasons since 2019, as weather considerations moved it from Saturday.
According to Carlow Weather, overnight conditions for the next few days are also improving. Friday night should be dry with lows between 6 and 9 degrees, and Saturday 5 to 8 degrees, according to the website.
Mostly dry early on Sunday night too, he says, with temperatures reaching a low of between 9 and 12 degrees. And while the rain will reappear in the Southwest before dawn on Monday, by then the weekend will be over.