Signs look bright for a summer of sunshine
New Zealand weather expert Ken Ring has predicted that this year will be the sunniest of a three-year cycle from 2011-2013, while the country is likely to experience colder winters as we move towards 2013.
The well-known forecaster bases his long-term forecasts on calculations of moon readings and atmospheric data from some 15 locations in Ireland and his website www.predictweather.com has been a big hit with Irish farmers in recent years.
Looking at this summer, the forecaster is predicting fine and sunny weather for the second and third weeks of May, with some light rain during the first six or seven days of the month.
He reckons the best of the June weather should be around the third week of the month but we could have above average rainfall, followed by mostly dry weather for the first three weeks of July.