Was yesterday the last day of Ireland's summer?
Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30
It was, perhaps, the last day of Ireland's summer sunshine - and the crowds were out in force, determined to squeeze every last drop of enjoyment out of the good weather.
Forecasters predict the sunshine is about to come grinding to a halt, with rain rolling into the east today. Heavier rain will hit the Atlantic coastal areas later in the day.
Temperatures will plunge as low as 10C tonight after two days when the mercury has been in the mid-20s, and heavy thunderstorms will become commonplace as we head into the weekend.
Workers lucky enough to have booked some time off flocked to the parks and beaches to soak up what was left of the summer, and the good weather has also been great for the more adventurous, outdoors types among us.
Dollymount Strand was filled with kitesurfers yesterday on what is likely to be one of the last beautiful days of the 2016 Irish summer.
Mark Schuetze (35), from Germany, has lived in Ireland for five years and started kitesurfing shortly before he arrived - but it wasn't until he experienced Ireland's usually less-than-favourable climate that he really got into it.
"When you're out there and you're just riding along, it just frees the mind - and you get to fly, that's the best part," he told the Irish Independent.
Jennie Blayney from Ranelagh was also excited as she prepared to go out kitesurfing at the strand, where she first went for lessons in the sport.
Meanwhile, Kevin Duffy from Mayo headed to Grand Canal Dock for some afternoon adventure in the city. Kevin, who works in a stockbrokers' firm in Dublin, was booked in for a 15-minute cable wakeboarding session with Wakedock.
"When the weather is good, I try to do it every two weeks," he said. "It's brilliant, because you're always pushing yourself to do more."