Autumn's here but we'll enjoy another blast of summer
Published 02/09/2013 | 05:00
IT's the official start to autumn this week but there's no need to take the woolies out yet.
After one of the hottest summers since 2006, we can look forward to summery conditions for the next few days.
The current spell of warm and dry weather is set to continue until mid-week with temperatures averaging in the high teens to low 20s.
Although not officially an "Indian summer" – warm weather in late September or early October – a high pressure system hovering over the country will make it feel warm, especially today, which is expected to hit 22C along the east coast and up to 18C elsewhere.
The average temperature at Dublin Airport was 15C between June 1 and August 31, according to data due for release today.
July recorded the longest heatwave since 1995 in which temperatures soared above 29C for six days in Ardfert, Co Kerry.
Liscahane in Co Kerry was the hottest place in Ireland this summer when temperatures hit 30.3C on July 19.
The warm conditions also continued into August with sustained periods of warm weather combined with below-average rainfall, said Met Eireann forecaster Gerry Murphy.
"Fairly good temperatures were maintained consistently throughout the whole month, but the most significant thing was the rainfall was below average," he said.
Today there will be patchy mist and drizzle early on, but it will brighten up as the day progresses with sunny spells – especially in Leinster and Munster.
Similar conditions are expected tomorrow and Wednesday with a mixture of sun and cloud and temperatures ranging from 17C to 19C in the north and 18C to 21C in eastern and southern counties.
But overall, it will be "very pleasant and warm for the next few days", Mr Murphy said.
Rain will start to move in from the west on Wednesday night, before clearing by Thursday afternoon, he said.
The system will also bring temperatures down to between 13C and 16C on Thursday.
Meanwhile, summery conditions will prevail, he said.