What is the Met Office forecast for Easter in Northern Ireland?

With schools off for Easter and parents wondering what to do with their families, there is some good news in store from the Met Office.

By Gemma Murray
Wednesday, 13th April 2022, 11:48 am

Although we have been forecast a mixed bag on the weather front, it does seem to side quite strongly on being much better weather than we have seen all year.

Is there a chance of rain this Easter in Northern Ireland?

Meteorologist Tom Morgan from the Met Office said: “It is tricky for Northern Ireland because you are right on the boundary between some very fine and warm conditions across the UK and some wind and rain trying to edge in from the Atlantic.

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“And you are sitting on the fence really as to which one of those two systems will win.

“I think it will still be reasonable though.

“Saturday, at this stage, looks mostly dry, with a fair amount of cloud around and with sunny spells.

“The temperature should be a max of 18C - which is well above the average of 12C at this time of the year.

Pacemaker Press 24/8/21 Suzanne Reid and Anna Gordan Enjoying the sunshine at Botanic Gardens on Tuesday, with warm weather expected this week. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

“Sunday will start off dry and there is a chance of the wind picking up during the day.

“But it might well stay dry on Sunday, even though there is a real chance of showers.

“The temperature will probably be 17C, which is again well above the average.

“Monday will be more of a mixed bag with a higher chance of showers around.

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 26/03/22 Grace Curran cooling down during the good weather at Helenâ€TMs Bay Beach on Sunday as the sunny weather hits across N Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

“The best part of the weekend is Friday to Monday and on Monday the temperature should be 16C - again well above the average.

“Tuesday will be partly cloudy with a few showers and a temperature of 15C - which is still above average.”

He added: “For Northern Ireland it is worth having a brolly and sunglasses to hand because there will be some sunny spells as well as showers.

“However it will be a lot warmer and that is the main thing in comparison to how it has felt so far this year.

Bathers enjoy the sunshine and the soaring temperatures, at Lady’s Bay on Buncrana’s Shore Front, on Saturday afternoon last. Photo: George Sweeney. DER2128GS – 044

“What we are seeing in Northern Ireland is two weather systems battling it out and it is a question of which one will dominate.”