Sunday 11 December 2016

Summer sunshine may be short-lived as forecasters predict return to unsettled weather

Rachel Lavin

Published 15/05/2016 | 02:30

HEAT: Aisling Corcoran enjoying the sun on Portmarnock beach. Photo: Damien Eagers
HEAT: Aisling Corcoran enjoying the sun on Portmarnock beach. Photo: Damien Eagers

This week's mini heatwave is likely to be short-lived as weather forecasters predict a return to unsettled weather very soon.

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Met Eireann meteorologist Harm Luijkx forecasts that "[Today] will be cooler than Saturday and dry, while Monday will be a degree or two higher again. Clouds will probably increase during the day and from Tuesday onwards we'll see more unsettled weather developing over the rest of the week, with rain at times.

"We can't look further than that. Nobody in the world can."

However, that hasn't stopped some alternative weather experts making their predictions.

Michael Gallagher, a retired Donegal postman who bases his predictions on traditional Irish methods, said: "The cold snap at the start of the month, the flowers blossoming and animals such as sheep and cattle returning to the mountains are all signs that things are looking up.

"It'll be a very nice summer. The only problem you will have is thunder (storms). But, I'm pretty confident it will be nice."

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