Sunshine on a rainy day -- it all depends on your county
Published 01/10/2011 | 05:00
IT was a case of location, location, location for sun worshippers here last month.
While parts of the country bathed in unseasonal sunshine and enjoyed glorious beach weather, others were plagued by fog, wind and rain.
Temperatures in Dublin -- which hit 22C -- may have matched Laghouat, Algeria, in the Sahara desert yesterday, but in Cork more than an inch of rain fell.
And while Dubliners bathed in 25.6C sunshine during the hottest day of the year on Wednesday, Corkonians had to endure temperatures that never reached more than 15C.
Although average levels of sunshine were experienced in the east and south east, in the south and south west the situation was somewhat grimmer.
Just 50pc of the average amount of sunshine was recorded in Valentia and Cork Airport weather stations during the month of September.
However, many parts of the country will experience rainfall and cooler conditions this weekend.
While temperatures will continue to be above average for this time of year, rain and mist are forecast.
Met Eireann said temperatures will ease to 17C today amid some rain, but could bounce back to 20C tomorrow -- still above normal for the time of year.
And the good news is temperatures will remain mild for the early part of next week, although it is unlikely we will see a return to the bikini weather experienced this week.
Met Eireann said a topsy-turvy September saw Ireland record its hottest day of the year later than ever and also saw the windiest month due to Hurricane Katia's battering.
The hurricane, which lashed the country with winds up to 122kmh at Malin Head, meant September had the highest average wind speeds since 1946 at Valentia.
Overall September was the warmest since 2006 in the east, with temperatures up around 1C on average, which forecasters describe as "significant".
However, in Cork and Kerry only half the average amount of sunshine expected for the month of September was recorded.
Meanwhile, our closest neighbour is set to enjoy a "once-in-a-generation" October BBQ weekend.
Temperatures in the south of England are expected to nudge 32C this weekend as millions of Britons hit the beach.