Saturday 27 December 2014

Weather is out of this world, says spaceman

Published 17/06/2014 | 02:30

The image of an almost cloud-free Ireland tweeted by International Space Station astronaut Reid Wiseman
Lucy Anderson and Nadia Powe

THERE was hardly a cloud in the sky over Ireland as the International Space Station soared high above us on its journey around the earth.

As we experience a rare slice of summer here at ground level, the fine weather was clearly visible from space.

First-time astronaut Reid Wiseman tweeted the snap of Ireland seen from space last night.

"Hello Ireland, been waiting to see you," he wrote alongside the photo.

"It is still impossible to wrap my head around the view. Just saw every place I've ever lived in 10 minutes," Wiseman added.

Following in the footsteps of another fan of Ireland, Commander Chris Hadfield, Wiseman is one of six men living aboard the station, a $100bn (€73.69bn) research laboratory that flies about 418km above Earth.

Forecasters say we can look forward to wall-to-wall sunshine and soaring temperatures.

Met Eireann is expecting temperatures to reach 25C in most parts of the country tomorrow.

"Every day this week will see the temperature rise by a degree, but on Wednesday less cloud cover and more sunshine will help temperatures rise to the mid-20s," said a spokesperson, adding that conditions will be dry and settled for most of the week.

The soaring temperatures mean that Ireland will be sunnier and most likely hotter than some popular holiday destinations including Porto in Portugal (24C), Paris (22C), and Rome (24C with thunder storms).

Mercury levels for the weekend are expected to return to 16-20C, which is around average.

Irish Independent

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