Monday 23 October 2017

Driest October in years - and forecast is good for bank holiday too

Sarah Butt (5) and her buddy Dougal were enjoying the beautiful Autumn sunshine and colours as they take a walk in Cavan yesterday. Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Sarah Butt (5) and her buddy Dougal were enjoying the beautiful Autumn sunshine and colours as they take a walk in Cavan yesterday. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Greg Harkin

The autumn chill is beginning to bite - but we can look forward to another week of dry weather right through the bank holiday weekend, forecasters say.

The last week of the month could see October recording one of its driest months in years as temperatures stay relatively mild. The mercury is set to top 15C in places.

Gerry Murphy: forecasting more dry weather
Gerry Murphy: forecasting more dry weather

It could be early November before temperatures really begin to plummet.

"We've had a very dry month so far and we can expect more of the same towards the end of the month," said Met Éireann forecaster Gerry Murphy.

"It won't be completely dry everywhere; we will see some rain and showers at times on the south coast on Monday (today) and in the west and north west on Wednesday and Thursday but in the main there will be a good amount of dry weather.

"Temperatures will be average for the time of year of between 11C and 15C and we should have frost-free nights too, so it is all very pleasant for the end of October."

Mr Murphy said rainfall over the past week was between 30pc and 70pc the average, except in the Midlands.

But over the next week this will fall again - with rainfall between just 10pc and 30pc of what we normally get for this time of the year.

Some parts of the country - mainly in the east - saw 40pc more sunshine than normal over the past week.

Peter O'Donnell, of Irish Weather Online, says the calm spell of weather could yet continue into the middle of next week.

"The dry, mild spell will perhaps persist to the end of the month, guidance is a bit scattered on timing a colder north-west to northerly flow now expected to begin in early November or even the last day of this month in some models," he said.

"Expect highs to continue mid-teens or so through next weekend, possibly a day or two beyond that, but eventually some rather cold weather is coming."

It will be dry in most places today with sunny spells and light north-east breezes with just the odd light shower.

However, it will be cloudy and breezy along the south coast though, with patchy rain or drizzle.

Met Éireann says we can expect a lot of dry weather especially for Midlands, eastern and southern areas. It will be rather cool at over the next 48 hours, but it will turn milder from Wednesday onwards.

Irish Independent

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