Happy Easter - there is a warm sunny weekend ahead

Josh Monaghan play in the water at Portmarnock Strand in Dublin in weather set to be repeated this weekend

Ireland's Set to be HOTTER than Barcelona, Lanzarote, and Athens this Weekend

For the rest of Monday night, we'll remain dry. On and off showers will persist into the mid morning hours and then we will dry out in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the lower 40s by the lake and upper 40s/ lower 50s inland on Wednesday. By Friday afternoon temperatures are forecasted to surpass 18 degrees with some areas in the south seeing as high as 20C. However as high pressure builds this week and southeasterly winds bring warmer air from mainland Europe, temperatures will quickly rise and there'll be plenty of dry and sunny weather expected across the United Kingdom, .

Thursday is the day we need to watch.

After what has been a rather cold April so far, it's going to get warmer this week - just in time for the start of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Showers and thunderstorms are likely in the afternoon and evening. Right now, it looks as if severe weather could be a possibility somewhere in the region, but it's too early to nail down exactly where.

The BBC presenter continued: "We have been speaking of the warm and sunny theme but don't be expecting wall to wall sunshine on Tuesday".

Britain has been experiencing mild spring-like weather recently however this is expected to change this week, continuing into the Easter weekend.

Sunshine returns for Good Friday with seasonable highs in the mid-60s. Rain might linger through the morning, but much of the day should be dry.

Lanzarote: Friday - 19 degrees, Saturday - 20 degrees, Sunday - 20 degrees. Saturday looks to be the warmest day with highs near 80°!

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