Tuesday 25 October 2016

RTE weather woman Siobhán Ryan confirms there IS actually one way to predict when the summer is good

Geraldine Gittens

Published 25/07/2016 | 12:14

Meteorologist Siobhán Ryan on RTE's Saturday Night with Miriam. Photo: RTE
Meteorologist Siobhán Ryan on RTE's Saturday Night with Miriam. Photo: RTE
Weathergirl Siobhan Ryan

RTE weather woman Siobhan Ryan has confirmed that one contemporary Irish cliché is, in fact, true.

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It's often said that the Irish weather invariably improves just when the Leaving Cert or Junior Cert come along.

The sun splits the trees, and everyone else hits the beach, while poor old Leaving Cert students have to confine themselves to their bedrooms and bury themselves in the books.

Meteorologist Siobhan Ryan confirmed that Irish weather actually does typically improve just as the Leaving Cert exams come around.

“Historically the early part of June is the driest part of the summer. A lot of people look forward to the Leaving Cert because it’s a little bit drier or they think it is, and there are facts and figures to back up what they’re thinking,” she told RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan on Saturday.

"June surprisingly was actually quite decent. It started off on a very dry, bright sunny note and I think things went slightly downhill after that but temperatures were pretty good to begin the month," she added.

"Obviously July, temperatures have reached the mid-high 20s and then the 30 obviously in Roscommon there during Tuesday."

Alas, she also confirmed that August is typically the wettest of the three summer months.

But she added: "We can't really predict beyond seven days here in Ireland realistically... sometimes out to ten if the weather is very settled."

"So for the next week, it's very, very average, very so-so, and I suppose, beyond that, we just live in hope," she joked.

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