Wednesday 28 September 2016

Clear summer skies will give way to rain again

Published 18/08/2015 | 02:30

Photographer Kieran Hayes made the most of the clear skies as he captured the moment a meteor flashed across the sky above the High Cross at Long Strand, west Cork
Photographer Kieran Hayes made the most of the clear skies as he captured the moment a meteor flashed across the sky above the High Cross at Long Strand, west Cork

If you're hoping to soak up the last of the summer, there's no time like the present. Today is set to offer the best weather of the next seven days, with temperatures in the early 20s and strong sunshine across the country.

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However, poor forecasts for tomorrow could dampen spirits in what has been a mixed month.

"Tuesday will be one of the best days this week," said Met Eireann forecaster, John Eagleton. Widespread sunshine is expected in the east, with temperatures there rising to 21C or 22C.

The rest of Ireland will get its share of the good weather too, with temperatures rising to 19C.

"We've had worse weather, but we've had better weather," said Mr Eagleton.

Those seeking the sun should act quickly, as rain is set to arrive tomorrow and return over the weekend.

Meanwhile, photographer Kieran Hayes made the most of the clear skies as he captured the moment a meteor flashed across the sky above the High Cross at Long Strand, west Cork.

He waited for more than seven hours to get the perfect image of the 30-foot cross, which was erected in memory of Lord Carbery, with the Milky Way as its backdrop.

"The image itself was one single exposure with no Photoshop used on it. What you see is what I saw," said Mr Hayes.

A meteor can be seen in red at the top-right of the picture.

Mr Hayes believes another streak of light, near the middle of the cross, may have come from the International Space Station passing overhead.

Irish Independent

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