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It was the warmest February day in years today

And it’s expected to stay fairly mild this weekend too.
Feb 15th 2019, 9:40 AM 32,902 17

Updated Feb 15th 2019, 6:43 PM

TODAY WAS A mild day across the country, with temperatures reaching as high as 16.5 degrees in Dublin.

Met Éireann recorded that temperature at the Phoenix Park at lunchtime today, beating the maximum temperature recorded in February in recent years.

It beat the previous highs in 2018, 2017 and 2016 where temperatures barely got above 15 degrees.

This temperature in Dublin today was also hotter than the likes of Paris (14 degrees), Madrid (15 degrees) and Lisbon (16 degrees).

Tonight, there will be outbreaks of patchy rain, drizzle and mist, but it will become dry in most places overnight; although a few showers will appear along the west and northwest.

Saturday morning will be largely dry with bright or sunny spells, becoming cloudier in the afternoon with a little showery rain developing along the south and southeast.

Highest temperatures will be between 10 to 12 degrees.

Saturday night will be mild, breezy and mostly cloudy. Many areas will be dry apart from a little drizzle – but rain will develop in the west overnight.

Sunday morning will be wet for a time in all areas as rain spreads eastwards across the country. Sunny spells and showers will follow for the afternoon, with highest temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees.

With reporting from Sean Murray

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