No respite from our weather woes
HOPES of an Indian summer are fading fast as the first week of autumn is looking just as miserable as the dull summer we left behind.
Forecasts have all but dashed any hopes of a warm and dry autumn to make up for the coldest summer on record.
The first meteorological day of autumn today will be pleasant enough, with temperatures hovering between 17C and 20C and mostly dry conditions, with occasional sunny spells.
But it will go downhill from there, according to Met Eireann meteorologist Joan Blackburn. "On our charts for the next week it's not looking good," she said.
Rain, some of it heavy, would be moving in across the country from Saturday, bringing with it generally cool temperatures, she added.
Rain and showers will persist, with no signs of a high pressure system in sight.
And next month looks even worse, according to the UK-based long-term forecaster Positive Weather Solutions.
It is predicting heavy rains and a high risk of flooding by the middle of the month, with possible tornadoes.
Temperatures will also be colder than normal, with frosts predicted to set in ahead of schedule.
A repeat of last winter's 'Big Freeze' is also on the cards, with temperatures expected to drop sharply in November.
Jonathan Powell, senior forecaster with Positive Weather Solutions, said: "Ireland's summer simmered but never boiled -- and now the country can also forget any hope of an Indian summer.
"September will provide some warmth at times, but it will not be nothing sustained."
He also warned that the north and west of the country could expect to bear the brunt of the bad weather.