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Saturday 20 September 2014

Pack the brolly and sun lotion as mixed weather to continue

Emma Jane Hade

Published 09/06/2014 | 02:30

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Rachel Stuart from Portmarnock & Ciara Macken from Sutton enjoying the good weather on Merrion Square, Dublin over the weekend. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Rachel Stuart from Portmarnock & Ciara Macken from Sutton enjoying the good weather on Merrion Square, Dublin over the weekend. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

THE entire country was left baffled at the weekend as a mixed bag of weather brought both high temperatures and torrential rain.

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Some parts managed to heat up as temperatures soared up to 20C, but these scenes were few and far between, as thundery downpours also swept across the country throughout Saturday and yesterday.

Met Eireann forecaster Harm Luijkx explained that the erratic, unstable conditions were due to an area of low pressure circling near the island.

"We have low pressure near Ireland, so it is unsettled for that reason," he said.

"The (air) flow at the same time is coming from the south or south-east, which steers warm air, and warm, humid air from the continent. So the mix of it being low pressure and warm, humid air, creates these fairly heavy showers."

Areas of low pressure occur when warm air rises from the earth's surface, causing warm and moist air in the atmosphere which generally brings stormy weather and strong winds.

The forecaster said that this weather is similar to that experienced during the summer over countries like France and Italy.

He said that should the sun eventually break through the clouds during these spells, it can heat up quite significantly and that temperatures may climb up to 20C.

"But of course there are heavy showers in between," he added.

Irish Independent

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