Saturday 27 December 2014

It's the last of the summer sun, as cool autumnal temperatures arrive

Emma Jane Hade

Published 05/09/2014 | 02:30

Fiadh O Riordan (9 months) from the City Centre enjoys the good weather in Merrion Square, Dublin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Fiadh O Riordan (9 months) from the City Centre enjoys the good weather in Merrion Square, Dublin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Drama going to the start as Arbitrageur flies into the air as jockey Johnny King mounts him on the course watched by groom Aidan Wall. Thankfully both horse and rider were ok and went on to finish 7th. Photo: Healy Racing

Say goodbye to the sun, as the autumnal weather that has been gradually arriving is set to bring cloudier and cooler conditions across the country.

Forecasters have said that the bout of sunshine the country experienced yesterday is more than likely the last of the summer spell, as things will become "fresher and cooler" over the coming days.

While temperatures soared to 23C yesterday, things are set to become "more typical", according to forecaster Pat Clarke.

"It is going to get much fresher and cooler compared to the temperatures that we have had over the last couple of days," he said. "There won't be a lot of rain on Saturday or Sunday; today there will be a lot more cloud about and there will be some rain or showers.

"But then as we go through into Saturday, it will be a lot fresher. There could be a few showers around, but a reasonable amount of dry weather. The temperatures won't be as high. But overall, there will be a reasonable amount of dry weather. It will be a mixture of cloud and sunshine so it is not going to be cloudy all the time."

Temperatures today are expected to rise to 20C, while tomorrow will be milder with highs of just 17C. The Met Eireann forecaster said that the recent dry spell of "summer-like temperatures" would more than likely be a thing the past.

However, things are expected to remain reasonably calm.

"It will be a bit more autumnal alright but nothing drastic.

"There will be no gales, no storms or no heavy rain," Mr Clarke said.

"The temperatures won't be as high. It is a gradual drop in the temperature, but there is still a lot of dry weather around early next week. The temperatures might even recover on Monday."

Irish Independent

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