Thursday 29 September 2016

Sunshine boosts festival spirit across country as the long weekend arrives

Published 03/06/2016 | 02:30

Friends cool off during ice-cream weather in Westport, Co Mayo (Picture: Paul Mealey)
Friends cool off during ice-cream weather in Westport, Co Mayo (Picture: Paul Mealey)

Break out the sunscreen and dust off the barbecue - because it's going be a hot and sunny bank holiday.

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Ireland is set to bathe in sunshine in the coming days, as the warm weather will continue into the weekend and beyond.

It comes after a dismal April - although May was one of warmest in the past eight years.

Met Éireann has forecast temperatures of up to 24C, with the best weather coming on Sunday.

Aisling Heffernan from Trim, Co Meath, was at Tattersalls Horse Trials and Country Fair (Picture: Mark Doyle)
Aisling Heffernan from Trim, Co Meath, was at Tattersalls Horse Trials and Country Fair (Picture: Mark Doyle)

The west and midwest will experience the hottest temperatures, but the east will also be sunny.

And while Ireland has been basking in sun this week, large parts of mainland Europe have been hit with storms, including rain and hail.

Five people have died in flooding as parts of France and Germany experienced their worst floods in a century.

The ongoing warm spell means we will have weather similar to that in Barcelona over the weekend.

Rescue workers check homes in Simbach, Germany, for stranded householders after parts of France and Germany were flooded by torrential rains (AP)
Rescue workers check homes in Simbach, Germany, for stranded householders after parts of France and Germany were flooded by torrential rains (AP)

John Eagleton, a meteorologist at Met Éireann, said that while there was a chance of some showers, "it won't stop people going to the seaside."

"It's going to be a pretty good weekend. The warmest temperatures will be on Sunday, in the midwest.

"Today will be much the same as yesterday, with temperatures reaching 21C, or 22C," he said.

"This will jump on Saturday and Sunday and it will still be in the 20s on Monday," he added.

This hot dog cools off in the water at Old Head in Co Mayo (Picture: Paul Mealey)
This hot dog cools off in the water at Old Head in Co Mayo (Picture: Paul Mealey)

There is a chance of rain coming from Britain, which would be likely to break in the midlands on Saturday night, according to the forecaster.

However, the capital should avoid any showers, owing to an easterly breeze.

Mr Eagleton said the weather was likely to hold until around Wednesday.

"Next week there will be a bit more rain, especially on Wednesday and Thursday," he said.

Enjoying the good weather at the Forty Foot, Sandycove this afternoon Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Enjoying the good weather at the Forty Foot, Sandycove this afternoon Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The sunburn index across the country will also be high, so people have been reminded to pack sunscreen

A number of events have been organised across the country for those who want to make the best of the fine weather.

In Dublin, the Forbidden Fruit Festival takes place at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham from today until Sunday.

Alannah Dunster, Nicole Redmond, Alisha White and Kayleigh Perry enjoying the good weather at the Forty Foot, Sandycove , Dublin this afternoon Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Alannah Dunster, Nicole Redmond, Alisha White and Kayleigh Perry enjoying the good weather at the Forty Foot, Sandycove , Dublin this afternoon Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Acts such as Dizzee Rascal, Underworld and Tame Impala have been lined up to entertain the crowds.

The Dublin Port River Fest is also on this weekend, with a wide range of activities around the River Liffey and the quays.

Leah Molloy and Ciara Webster enjoying the good weather at the Forty Foot, Sandycove this afternoon Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Leah Molloy and Ciara Webster enjoying the good weather at the Forty Foot, Sandycove this afternoon Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

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