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Sunday 20 August 2017

Ireland's 'heatwave' is over - and here's what we can expect next

'Unsettled' weekend ahead

Baby elephant Vani cooling down at Dublin Zoo. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Baby elephant Vani cooling down at Dublin Zoo. Photo: Justin Farrelly
21/06/17. Zinda the baby Elephant cooling down on the longest and hottest day of the year at Dublin Zoo today. Pic: Justin Farrelly
21/06/17. Zinda the baby Elephant cooling down on the longest and hottest day of the year at Dublin Zoo today. Pic: Justin Farrelly
21/06/17. Vani the baby Elephant cooling down on the longest and hottest day of the year at Dublin Zoo today. Pic: Justin Farrelly
21/06/17. Vani the baby Elephant cooling down on the longest and hottest day of the year at Dublin Zoo today. Pic: Justin Farrelly
21/06/17. Zinda the baby Elephant cooling down on the longest and hottest day of the year at Dublin Zoo today. Pic: Justin Farrelly
21/06/17. Bernadinha the Elephant cooling down on the longest and hottest day of the year at Dublin Zoo today. Pic: Justin Farrelly
21/06/17. Zinda the baby Elephant cooling down on the longest and hottest day of the year at Dublin Zoo today. Pic: Justin Farrelly
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

The heatwave is officially over.

In fact, Met Éireann forecaster Gerry Murphy has informed the country that the last few days of sunny bliss and Mediterranean-like temperatures wasn't counted as a scientific heatwave.

"Well, the heatwave is over," he said.

"Really, strictly speaking it wasn't a heatwave."

Mr Murphy explained that for a hot spell to be scientifically recorded as a 'heatwave', the average temperature needs to be five degrees above normal for five consecutive days.

"While all the provinces had temperatures of over 26 degrees Celsius over the past week, it wasn't actually for five consecutive days," Mr Murphy added.

And although it will be warm this weekend, Ireland is in for an unsettled few days ahead.

"Our weather wil come from the west for the rest of the week," Mr Murphy told RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland.

"We will have temperatures from the high teens to the low twenties."

Today is due to be "reasonably dry, with a fair amount of cloud."

Rain can be expected in the west later, and temperatures will remain between 16 and 22 degrees.

The weekend will kick off tomorrow with a cloudy and damp day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, according to the forecaster.

Temperatures will drop to between 14 and 18 degrees for the weekend, with a "bright, breezy day" expected for Saturday.

"Sunday is somewhat more uncertain with rain being pushed up from the south-west and it will hang around until Monday.

"Unsettled weather overall," Mr Murphy added.

Met Éireann also confirmed that Wednesday was the hottest day of the year so far.

The mercury hit 28.6 Celsius in Dublin's Phoenix Park which, according to Met Eireann, makes it the "highest temperature in Ireland so far this year".

But while Dublin was baking in the heat other parts of the country didn't reach the temperature highs.

Temperatures started high in Valentia, Co Kerry overnight but fell steadily during the day with a high of 17 C recorded this afternoon.

And in Galway it was a mild 16C in parts.

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