Friday 30 September 2016

Sun worshippers enjoy last rays with rain due

Sam Griffin

Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30

The country basked in glorious sunshine for yet another day - but a cold front is going to bring an abrupt end to the good weather this weekend.

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Highs of 18.9C were recorded for the second consecutive day yesterday, matching the heat enjoyed on Tuesday which had been recorded as the country's hottest day this year.

Sisters Evie McArdle (3) and Mia McArdle (5) from Monaghan enjoying the good weather at the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sisters Evie McArdle (3) and Mia McArdle (5) from Monaghan enjoying the good weather at the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
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

The record-equalling reading was recorded in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, where people flocked to enjoy the Easter sunshine.

Met Éireann says it should be "more of the same" today with highs of between 16C and 19C in inland areas. However more cloud is forecast for Friday.

"There will be showery bits and pieces of rain breaking out and it could be misty on the south and east coast on Friday," forecaster Joan Blackburn said.

"The rain will give way leaving much colder conditions for the weekend. It will be colder than it has been with breezy conditions and showers at times."

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

She said temperatures would more likely be around 12C or 13C from Friday through the weekend.

The decline in temperature comes as the country's tourist attractions enjoyed a boost in visitor numbers.

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

In Cobh, there was a "big surge" over the past seven days according to tourism chair Hendrick Verwey, who said additional ferry services to Spike Island were required to "cater for the demand".

Ice cream sellers Scrumdiddly's said they had noticed a "definite increase" in customers.

The Guinness Storehouse also reported increased visitor numbers with 9,082 people - the second highest on record - packing into the famous Gravity Bar in the Storehouse at one point over the Easter break.

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