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Thursday 28 August 2014

Fine weather to last through until the middle of next week

Danielle Stephens

Published 21/06/2014 | 02:30

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People enjoying the sunshine  at Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Collins
People enjoying the sunshine at Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Collins
Caoimhe Russell, Niamh Hanlon and Rita Donovan from Drogheda, Co. Lough attend the opening day of the Body and Soul festival at Ballinlough Estate, Clonmellon, Co Westmeath.

Most people can expect spells of sunshine this weekend as conditions throughout the country stay dry and temperatures reach the high teens.

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Met Eireann forecaster David Rogers explained that "like most of the country there will be variable cloud cover over Leinster, but it's going to stay dry for the weekend".

That's good news for music enthusiasts heading for this weekend's Body and Soul Festival in Westmeath.

Other parts of the country can look forward to similar conditions with the best of the sunshine expected for the south of the country.

Mercury levels will be highest in parts of the south and south east, reaching between 21 and 23 degrees.

Temperatures yesterday peaked at 20.3 degrees in Moorepark, Co Cork, with some sunny spells throughout the day.

Monday and Tuesday of next week will remain dry, but from Wednesday onwards, there will be a risk of showers.

"We'll probably be looking at a change of rain in the middle of next week, where falling pressure will increase cloud cover across the country," Mr Rogers said.

Irish roads were reported to have been feeling the heat this week, during what was the hottest spell of weather so far this year.

A number of garda stations around the country reported sticky roads, creating potentially dangerous conditions for motorists.

Hot tar is similar to black ice in that it can make roads slippery, with the added danger of the rubber in wheels sticking to the areas of the road with tar.

Irish Independent

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