MUCH OF Ireland will enjoy glorious heat and sunshine over the Easter weekend as experts predict temperatures of up to 21 degrees in some areas.
Ireland's national meteorological service Met Eireann have stated that much of the country will bask in warm, dry weather on Good Friday tomorrow 10 April, despite the possibility of an "isolated shower" developing in the afternoon.
Predicting top temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees nationwide tomorrow, the service has tipped the east of the country to reap the best benefit of the sunshine, possibly rising to 21 degrees with prolonged sunny spells.
Friday night will bring scattered outbreaks of drizzle, but a cloudy start to Saturday will make way for brighter spells in the early afternoon, with highs of 12 to 17 degrees expected-- or, if you're lucky enough to be in Dublin, top temperatures of 21 degrees.
Easter Sunday and Monday will be cooler again, with some showers of rain and gusts predicted, but will be interspersed with sunnier spells.
Despite the good weather, Irish people have been urged to continue following the guidelines from the WHO, HSE and Department of Health to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Gardaí have launched Operation Fanacht, stopping cars at checkpoints to ensure nobody is travelling further than 2km from their homes to go to holiday homes or caravan parks in more rural areas amid fears it could spread the virus.
In a statement on social media yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asked people "please do not visit a holiday home or caravan park this Easter weekend.
Please do not visit a holiday home or caravan park this Easter weekend. The spread of the virus is slowing but people travelling could give it a boost - spreading it and seeding it in areas unaffected so far. Stay at home and #FlattenTheCurve
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) April 7, 2020
"The spread of the virus is slowing but people travelling could give it a boost- spreading it and seeding it in areas unaffected so far."
He urged people to "stay at home and #FlattenTheCurve".
Backyard sunbathing it is then!