A dry and at times sunny weekend is in store for the country over the coming days with temperatures rising up to a possible 20° tomorrow, according to Met Éireann.
High pressure will dominate this weekend and Monday bringing further dry, bright and settled conditions, the national meteorological office says.
Soil moisture deficits are beginning to creep up, with this to continue over the coming days.
Today (Friday, April 23) will be dry and bright with spells of hazy sunshine. Another mild and pleasant day is in store with highest temperatures of 12° to 18°, the forecaster says.
It will be mildest in the west of the country, with slightly cooler temperatures along eastern and southern coasts owing to onshore breezes.
East to southeast breezes with mostly moderate in strength, stronger at times along the Munster coast.
Tonight will be dry with long clear spells and light easterly breezes. It will be chilly with lowest temperatures of 0° to 5°, coolest inland with perhaps a touch of frost in places.
Saturday will be pleasant and sunny day, in light to moderate easterly breezes, Met Éireann says.
Highest temperatures will range from 13° to 19° or 20°. It will be warmest in the west, and coolest along southern and eastern coasts owing to onshore breezes.
Tomorrow night will be dry and mostly clear in just light easterly breezes. Lowest temperatures of 2° to 6° are expected, with it to be coolest across Ulster.
Sunday will be another dry and mostly sunny day. Highest temperatures of 11° to 18° are forecast, in moderate easterly breezes.
It will be mildest once again in the west and coolest along eastern and southern coastal counties with onshore breezes moving inland here.
Sunday night will remain dry and mostly clear. Lowest temperatures of 1° to 4° are given, in light easterly or variable breezes.
Farming and field conditions
Drying conditions will be good through to early next week with largely dry conditions, long spells of sunshine and often moderate easterly winds, Met Éireann says.
There will be opportunities for spraying out to early next week with largely dry conditions and light to moderate easterly winds. However, fresh winds at times in the southwest will limit spraying opportunities there over the weekend.
Regarding field conditions, all soils are trafficable across the country. Soils are near saturation in the northwest, with soil moisture deficits of 0mm to 6mm there.
Soils are much drier elsewhere, with soil moisture deficits generally ranging between 15mm and 40mm. With very little rainfall expected in the coming week, soils will become drier as soil moisture deficits increase.
It will be driest in the south and east with some restriction to growth possible there.