April was the driest and hottest on record in many places and the warmest temperatures in the record breaking month were recorded in Donegal.
Temperatures were on average three degrees above normal for the time of year in many parts of the country.
It peaked at 20.8C, recorded in Malin Head on April 22 which is the highest temperature recorded in any April since the stations opened.
It was a case of “west is best” during the sunny weather. Both Valentia Station in Kerry at 2.8 degrees above normal and Malin Head 3.1 degrees above normal, the warmest April in more than 100 years.
Shannon Airport, with a mean temperature of 3.2 degrees above normal, had the warmest April since records began there in 1945.
Since the mid-April high, current weather have patterns are more in keeping with the time of year and slightly cooler wetter conditions will continue through out the week.
Forecasters are prediciting a fresh day for today, with a mixture of sunshine and showers. The showers will be heaviest and most frequent over Connacht and Ulster and highest temperatures of 14 to 16 degrees with southwest winds.
Wednesday morning will be bright and fresh with good sunny spells. A build up of cloud will bring showers by the afternoon, but generally they will be well scattered and not too prolonged. There will be a lot of dry sunny weather through next weekend but also scattered showers, according to Met Eireann.
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