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Saturday 10 December 2016

Bid farewell to summer sun as cool temperatures and rain on the way

Published 08/08/2016 | 02:30

The sun shone on the capital as runners, including Kira McCarthy from Washington DC, took part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half
Marathon yesterday. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan
The sun shone on the capital as runners, including Kira McCarthy from Washington DC, took part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon yesterday. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan

Say goodbye to the sultry days of summer - at least for now.

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Thousands of runners who took part in the Dublin Rock N'Roll half-marathon and runs at the Phoenix Park were blessed with dry and balmy temperatures yesterday and Saturday.

Some of the runners who took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Some of the runners who took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

But the warm and humid weather that sent temperatures soaring to the mid-20s over the weekend will be replaced with cooler temperatures and outbreaks of rain from today through to mid-week.

Temperatures will drop considerably this morning as cooler, fresher air moves in, according to Met Éireann forecaster Harm Luijkx.

The highest temperatures we can expect to see today and tomorrow will be around 15C and up to 19C in south-east.

But all is not lost, as there will be sunny breaks between the showers, Mr Luijkx said.

"It's not too bad. Just cooler and fresher."

However, things will start to pick up by Wednesday, when temperatures start to climb to between 17C and 21C.

But as temperatures warm up, rain clouds will also start to move across the country, especially in Ulster.

However, they will be short-lived as conditions brighten up on Thursday.

Although there will be a risk of showers in northern areas at times, the east and south-east can expect sunny spells and daytime highs of between 19C and 20C.

It will be duller in the west and north, with outbreaks of rain.

While it's too early to say how the weekend is shaping up, "there's no sign of washout weather", he said.

More than 3,000 people took part in the Rock 'n' Roll races this weekend, with people from 53 countries participating, making it the biggest event since the race series arrived in Ireland four years ago.

Live music was performed at various points throughout the half marathon with The Strypes headlining the finish line festival in Phoenix Park.

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