Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Mini-heatwave' on the way for Ireland

Published 26/06/2015 | 09:37

Kicking a football about on a landlocked piece of beach on Dollymount Strand during the warm weather.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Kicking a football about on a landlocked piece of beach on Dollymount Strand during the warm weather. Pic Steve Humphreys
Charlie O’Farrell enjoys himself on Sandymount beach
Zoe Fitzmaurice and Seamus McCarthy from Dublin having fun at Dollymount beach during the good weather. Pic:Mark Condren=
Young teenagers on Dollymount beach as the Stena Line sets sail during the warm weather. Pic Steve Humphreys

The country is set for a ‘mini heatwave’ next week as temperatures will take a jump to as high as the mid-twenties.

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There should be plenty of smiles as primary school children can enjoy their first week off this summer in the higher than average temperatures.

However, the sunshine won’t be a constant.

The humid southerly flow over Ireland could also bring cloudy conditions, a Met Eireann forecaster told Independent.ie.

Zoe Fitzmaurice and Seamus McCarthy from Dublin having fun at Dollymount beach during the good weather.
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Zoe Fitzmaurice and Seamus McCarthy from Dublin having fun at Dollymount beach during the good weather. Pic:Mark Condren=

“The temperatures will be higher than this week, they should be in the low to mid twenties, but this could also bring cloudy and sundry conditions,” Joan Blackburn said.

“But there will be warm sunshine in between these conditions. We’re not sure of how much precipitation will fall but there will certainly be humid and warm conditions.”

A trip to the beach could be possible over the weekend too as, although the country will experience wet conditions on Saturday night, the rest of the weekend should be dry.

Sunny spells and a few showers are expected on Friday, while Saturday will start off with bright conditions.

“There will be bright, sunny spells and a few showers on Saturday morning, nothing too much and temperatures in the afternoon will be between 17 and 20 degrees,” Ms Blackburn told Independent.ie.

“On Saturday night there will be a band of rain coming in from the Atlantic and thickening cloud. This heavier band will sweep across the country on Saturday night.

“I will have cleared in most places by Sunday morning, the way the rain cleared for us this morning, and the rest of Sunday should have bright and sunny spells.

“There should be similar temperatures nationwide.”

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