Ireland will be warmer than parts of Spain as the ‘jet stream’ brings scorching sunshine ahead of the big weather change

Ireland is set to bask in some much-awaited Easter sunshine before a major climate change causes conditions to worsen.

The mercury is expected to hit 17C on Friday and Saturday, making it hotter than some popular hotspots across Europe.

The hot conditions come as a jet of warm air rises from France, with parts of the UK enjoying high temperatures of 22C due to the weather system.

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However, the mild weather across Ireland won’t last forever, with a big change expected from Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to drop to 15°C on Easter Sunday and just 1°C that night.

It could also be a washout with heavy rain and the possibility of hail forecast by Met Eireann.

The coming week is also shaping up to be “wet and cold” according to the national forecaster.

Before then, the rest of Good Friday will see scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle, but drier and sunnier conditions in the southwest will spread across the country throughout the afternoon and evening. .

A forecaster said: “It will be mild and humid with highs of 13-17C (hottest in Munster and Leinster) in a mostly light to moderate south-westerly breeze.

“Friday night will be mostly dry but will become rather misty or misty with just a little drizzle in the north to start.

“Later overnight, a scattered drizzle will move south. Lowest temperatures of 4-7C, in variable light or southerly winds, will cool off near the west and south-west coasts towards morning.

“Any fog or mist overnight will clear early Saturday to give a mostly dry start with sunny spells, although patchy drizzle will affect southern counties.

“During the afternoon, thickening clouds accompanied by bouts of rain will gradually move into the western half of Ireland, the densest half closest to the Atlantic coast.

“Much of the east and northeast will likely remain dry with sunny spells. Highest temperatures 13-17C generally in moderate to cool southeast winds.”

The outlook for the rest of the Easter weekend is choppy and mild to start with before turning cooler in the new week.

Members of the public enjoying the sunny weather on Dollymount Beach, Dublin in June 2018

Here is Met Eireann’s forecast for the coming days:

Saturday night: New bouts of rain occur after dark with possibly heavy and persistent falls, resulting in localized flooding. A mild, humid night with patches of mist and fog. Lowest temperatures 9-11C in a light southeasterly breeze.

Easter Sunday: A wet start in many areas with widespread rainfall at first, followed in turn by heavy showers with the possibility of hail. Highest temperatures 12-15°C, but becoming cooler as the rain clears. Cool breeze with moderate to cool winds from the southwest.

Sunday night: Becoming largely dry with clear intervals, although scattered showers will supply western coastal areas. A cold night with lows of 1-4C in light southwesterly breezes.

Monday: Feeling cooler with a mix of sunny spells and windy showers, some of which can be hail heavy in the north. High temperatures of only 9-12°C in moderate to cool westerly winds.

Tuesday: Looking like a cool, wet day at the moment.

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