Kiwi weatherman offers ray of summer sunshine
But heavy rain is on the cards for March, April and September
It might sound fanciful, given the current near- Arctic conditions, but farmers will have the sun on their backs for the hay and silage harvests this summer.
This good news comes courtesy of New Zealand weather forecasting expert Ken Ring.
The New Zealander (right), who appears to have the Midas touch when it comes to predicting Ireland's weather, has forecast a dry period for the middle of summer, with temperatures peaking at around 25°C.
Unfortunately, the Auckland-based weather expert says the latter part of spring is likely to be wet. Indeed, rainfall for the year as a whole is expected to be above average.
In contrast, Mr Ring predicts that June will be one of the sunniest and driest months of the year, with lower than average rainfall and above average sunshine.
He says that September is likely to be the wettest month of the year, while October is forecast to rank among the driest months.
Mr Ring, whose weather predictions are based on the moon, accurately forecast last year's weather patterns, including the dry period at the start of June and the heavy rainfall for July and August. He also forecast fine weather for the last three weeks of September.
He claims that surveys on his weather predictions are showing an overall accuracy of more than 85pc.