Tuesday 27 September 2016

Spring sunshine and above-average temperatures to last until Friday

Yesterday was the hottest day of 2015

Kirsty Blake Knox and Geraldine Gittens

Published 08/04/2015 | 02:30

Ciaran Burnett, from Dublin, jumps into the water at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers 7/4/2015
Ciaran Burnett, from Dublin, jumps into the water at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers 7/4/2015
From left to right are, Caoimhe Coffey, 9, with her twin Aibhe Coffey, aged 9, from Ballinteer and Anna Louise Finn, 8, from Naas enjoy an ice cream at Sandycove beach in Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Phil Kelly, from Loughlinstown and Niamh Corrigan, 20, from Rataoth, Co, Meath dive into the water at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers 7/4/2015
Karla O'Rourke, 21, left, and her friend Niamh Corrigan, 20, both from Ratoath. Co. Meath, dive into the water at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers 7/4/2015
Lilly Murphy from Ringsend waters the flowers with her water container enjoying the good weather in Saint Stephens Green, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tightrope walking in Bishop Lucey Park, Cork yest, during beautiful weather
Judith Huddleston from Co Armagh was taking the last chance to enjoy the sunshine in Kilkenny Castle Park before heading home after her short break
Jennifer Ryan from Dublin and Doireann Murtagh from Kildare enjoying the sunny weather in St Stephen's Green Dublin
Phil Kelly, from Loughlinstown and Niamh Corrigan, 20, from Rataoth, Co, Meath dives into the water at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin

Sunshine, ice pops and lashings of Factor 50 at the ready, as the mini-heatwave continues.

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Yesterday was the hottest day of 2015, with temperatures reaching 18.9C in Oakpark in Co Carlow. Today is set to be another warm day, with the whole country basking in sunshine as temperatures reach 17C.

The azure skies will remain above our heads until the weekend, when temperatures will drop to as low as 9C with an increase of cloud cover.

Forecaster Gerry Murphy said temperatures today will reach between 13C and 18C.

From left to right are, Caoimhe Coffey, 9, with her twin Aibhe Coffey, aged 9, from Ballinteer and Anna Louise Finn, 8, from Naas enjoy an ice cream at Sandycove beach in Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
From left to right are, Caoimhe Coffey, 9, with her twin Aibhe Coffey, aged 9, from Ballinteer and Anna Louise Finn, 8, from Naas enjoy an ice cream at Sandycove beach in Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Karla O'Rourke, 21, left, and her friend Niamh Corrigan, 20, both from Ratoath. Co. Meath, dive into the water at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers 7/4/2015
Tightrope walking in Bishop Lucey Park, Cork yest, during beautiful weather

“Temperatures are above average at the moment but they’ll be below average for the weekend.”

“Some places will get above 18C this afternoon, and the highest values will be in inland areas. The coolest temperatures will be on the south and east coasts, and they’ll be around 13C.”

“Tonight will be another chilly night. It’s quite early in the year so temperatures will be dropping to between one and four degrees.”

“Tomorrow we can look forward to another good day of temperatures at 16 or 17C.”

However, on Friday temperatures will begin to drop.

“On Friday, we will see the beginnings of a change in the weather. It’ll be a cloudier and breezier day and temperatures won’t be as high - roughly about 11-15C. There will be some showers in the east, with rain and drizzle moving later into the West on Friday.”

“On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a notable drop in temperatures. Temperatures will be down between nine and 11 degrees, so we’ll see a significant difference.”

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Phil Kelly, from Loughlinstown and Niamh Corrigan, 20, from Rataoth, Co, Meath dive into the water at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers 7/4/2015
Phil Kelly, from Loughlinstown and Niamh Corrigan, 20, from Rataoth, Co, Meath dive into the water at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers 7/4/2015
Ciaran Burnett, from Dublin, jumps into the water at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers 7/4/2015
Jennifer Ryan from Dublin and Doireann Murtagh from Kildare enjoying the sunny weather in St Stephen's Green Dublin
Judith Huddleston from Co Armagh was taking the last chance to enjoy the sunshine in Kilkenny Castle Park before heading home after her short break
Phil Kelly, from Loughlinstown and Niamh Corrigan, 20, from Rataoth, Co, Meath dives into the water at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin

However, early indications are that next week will again see a ridge of high pressure over Ireland.

It seems everyone is determined to make the most of the fine weather; Fota Island had its busiest day in over a decade, with 6,750 visitors, while queues of families snaked through the Phoenix Park patiently waiting to enter Dublin Zoo.

Zoo director Leo Oosterweghel said the Asian elephant calves - Kavi, Ashoka and Samiya - and also the 10 piglets were the star attractions of the day.

Others flocked to seaside promenades and piers to tuck into fluffy mounds of ice cream. Craig McIntosh of Teddy's ice cream shop said it was an exceptionally hectic day.

Meanwhile, Fairyhouse Racing festival saw 18,293 people crowd into the stands over the course of the three-day festival.

It was a bittersweet day for AP McCoy who rode his last race on Irish soil.

"It is a sad day. I'm very flattered and honoured by the attention," AP said.

Sinead Grace of Tourism Ireland said the positive impact of a solid few days of sunshine couldn't be underestimated.

"By and large, overseas visitors don't come to Ireland hoping for good weather," she said.

"But the sun-soaked skies allow visitors to see the country in, quite literally, its best light."

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