Dry and settled conditions will predominate for the Easter weekend, but it will turn colder and more unsettled after Easter Sunday.
There will be some mist patches for a time this morning (Friday, April 2). Today will be dry with good spells of sunshine. Highest temperatures will be 12° to 16° for much of the country, mildest in the southwest.
It will be cooler near east and north coasts, with moderate east to northeast breezes and highest temperatures of 9° and 11°.
Tonight will be cold and dry with long clear spells. Some mist and fog will form in near calm conditions, mainly in the midlands. Frost will develop as temperatures fall to between -2° and +2°.
Any mist or fog will clear tomorrow morning (Saturday, April 3) for a dry and settled day with good sunshine. Highest temperatures will be 10° to 13° with mostly light east to northeast breezes.
Saturday night will be dry with clear spells, and some patches of mist and fog. Lowest temperatures will be 0° to 4°.
Easter Sunday (April 4) will be dry over much of the country with the best of the sunshine in the south. It will be cloudier further north. Light rain or drizzle will develop in the northwest during the afternoon and spread southwards through the evening. Highest temperatures will be 9° to 12°.
On Sunday night, very cold air will move down from the north with fresh north to northwest winds. Some wintry showers may develop overnight on north-facing coasts. Lowest temperatures should be -2° to +2° with frost in places.
Easter Monday (April 5) will be cold and breezy with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers, these mainly over the northern half of the country. Highest temperatures will be 4° to 8° with fresh, gusty northerly winds.
On Monday night, scattered wintry showers will continue. Frost and icy patches will develop as temperatures fall to between -2° and +2°.
Outlook for week
Tuesday (April 6) will continue cold with sunny spells and scattered showers, some wintry. Highest temperatures will be 5° to 8° with light to moderate west to northwest winds.
Wednesday (April 7) will be cloudier and less cold with some rain or drizzle, while the rest of the week will be cold with showers at times, some wintry.