It will be mostly dry with some sunshine in places today, Saturday and Easter Sunday - the best of the sunshine in the north and west.
"Tuesday looks set to be another cold day with sunny spells and scattered showers, some wintry". Saturday night will be dry with clear spells, and some patches of mist and fog.
There will be a bracing ten degree drop in temperatures from the highs enjoyed just last Wednesday to a mere 7C daytime peak next Monday.
For Good Friday, another settled day is ahead. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.
The outlook for Easter Monday here is some snow showers, with spells of hail showers, indicating the arrival of a brief "spring cold snap". Colder than recent nights with lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees, in light north to northeast breezes.
Ireland is set for a balmy opening to the Easter weekend but an Arctic weather front will bring cooler conditions and rain showers from Sunday.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Saturday night will be dry with clear spells, but cloud will increase in the northwest towards morning.
However, despite the low temperatures expected in the coming days, the Met Office said the more notable weather was actually the recent warm spell, which saw temperatures reach up to 24.5C in some places in mainland United Kingdom earlier this week. It will be cloudier further north. The day will kick off mild enough, before outbreaks of rain, hail and even snow are expected to fall in Ulster.
"Very strong north to northwest winds will spread hail and snow showers inland across many areas, but the most frequent showers will affect northern Scotland. The south and east will likely remain drier but still cold with a lower chance of wintry showers", said Mark Sidaway, deputy chief meteorologist. Highest temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees with fresh, gusty northerly winds.