St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are going strong across Ireland.
Irish people are ready to party like never before as parades and in-person celebrations finally return after two years.
Millions will ‘drown the shamrock’ after the Covid pandemic canceled some festivities in 2020 and 2021.
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An estimated 400,000 people are expected to descend on Dublin today, while other parades take place in villages and towns across the country.
One area in particular that is sure to hail Ireland’s patron saint is Dublin’s iconic Temple Bar area.
Locals and tourists have been flocking to the iconic area since early morning, with live webcam footage showing hundreds of people there at just 10:30 a.m.
A live stream from the EarthCam website documented it filled with green clothes, fancy hats, Irish flags and shamrocks from the early hours of the morning.
Watch a live stream from Temple Bar on St. Patrick’s Day
It comes as anyone walking around today has been told to wrap up, despite sunny blue skies.
Met Eireann says Ireland should enjoy a long stretch of ‘pretty pleasant, dry and sunny weather’, but there will still be some breeze.
Ahead of today’s parades, weather expert Alan O’Reilly offered a tip to attendees.
He advised people not to be fooled by blue skies as it will be breezy – “so bring the coats for the parades”.
“There will be a wet start on Thursday but sunny spells will develop for the afternoon and just passing showers. It will be breezy so bring the coats for the parades,” he said.
Giving its official St. Patrick’s Day forecast, Met Eireann wrote on its website: “Mild and windy this St. Patrick’s Day with a mix of clouds, sunny spells and a few showers. “Winds ease in the afternoon with mostly dry sunny weather spreading out from the west. Afternoon temperatures 9C to 14C, warmest in the southeast.
“Stay dry and calm all evening. Clear skies and light winds will allow temperatures to drop to -2C to 3C this evening with some patches of frost and fog developing.
“Winds will be variable light or southeasterly, freshening later along the Atlantic coasts.”
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