ENJOY the pleasant sunshine while you can – Autumn is back with a bang tomorrow.
Although we won’t be experiencing a storm like our neighbours across the Irish Sea, showers and blustery conditions will be in place throughout tomorrow and Monday.
“Tomorrow will be a windy day – but the word ‘storm’ is too strong to describe it,” Met Eireann John Eagleton told the Irish Independent today.
Rain will hit the country early tomorrow morning.
The showers will clear in the afternoon, but it will remain blustery.
“The weather won’t be good – but we won’t be experiencing the same conditions they’re expecting in Northern Ireland and Scotland,” John said.
Meanwhile, some 100,000 people are expected to attend FlightFest in Dublin’s city centre tomorrow.
While conditions are not ideal, it is not expected to hamper flights on the day.
It will be more wind and rain on Monday, but the sunshine will make a brief return on Tuesday with temperatures expected to hit 13 degrees.
The forecaster said we are now experiencing typical autumnal weather.
But it’s not all doom and gloom.
John Eagleton said he wouldn’t rule out an Indian summer – which occurs with the return of warm temperatures in late September and October.
“We can’t see that far ahead – but that’s not to say the good weather won’t make a return at the the end of September. It’s just not on our horizon yet,” he said.
Meanwhile, strong winds are expected to batter parts of Britain this weekend as the first storm of autumn rolls in.
Gusts close to 70mph will hit areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland, while most of England and Wales will face blustery conditions, forecasters have said.
Heavy rain is also predicted for parts of the country, with no sign of a return to the warm temperatures at the start of September.
Billy Payne, a meteorologist with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "The weather will get lively through the night and into tomorrow. Strong winds will hit northern and western parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and north west areas of England and Wales."
Gales will exceed 60mph in northern parts of Scotland, before the wind and rain move in a south-east direction, bringing winds of between 40 and 50mph across England and Wales.
"High rainfall is expected as well, particularly in Scotland, where we could see 30 to 40mm."
Temperatures will remain in the mid-teens for most of the country over the weekend - a few degrees below average for the time of year - while conditions will remain unsettled into next week, forecasters have said.
The Met Office said it had issued severe weather warnings for the gales in Scotland and Northern Ireland tomorrow and the public should be aware of the potential for some minor disruption to travel.