Saturday 19 August 2017

'Hotter than Ibiza' - Warmer weather this week brings first glimpse of summer

Paige Crummy enjoys the weather at Dollymount Strand in Dublin. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Paige Crummy enjoys the weather at Dollymount Strand in Dublin. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Ian Begley

It looks like summer is well and truly on the way with Irish temperatures set to rival those in Ibiza this week.

Met Éireann has predicted that it may hit 19C from today and will be dry and sunny once early morning mist and fog clears.

In fact, parts of the country will be 2C hotter than the Spanish holiday hotspot today.

Tomorrow, it is also set to be dry and sunny with temperatures as high as 16C.

On Thursday and Friday, the weather will be more mixed with some rain and cloud moving in.

There will be fresh and gusty winds on Friday but it will remain warm with temperatures in some parts of the country expected to reach 18C.

Lily Byrne (3) at the May Day march in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Lily Byrne (3) at the May Day march in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

At this point it looks as though the weekend will also be warm and dry.

It is expected to reach between 13C and 17C.

A Met Éireann spokesperson said: "Tuesday will be dry with good sunny intervals.

"Wednesday will be dry, with sunshine and temperatures of 12C to 16C," they said.

Performers at the Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre May Day Parade. Photo: Mark Condren
Performers at the Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre May Day Parade. Photo: Mark Condren

According to AA Roadwatch spokesperson Ruth Jephson, traffic was especially quiet over the weekend, but Ms Jephson said drivers should expect delays as the weather improves.

"Even the usual hotspots like Salthill and Howth were quiet enough," she told the Irish Independent.

"Generally on the first bank holiday weekend of the summer you would expect the traffic to be a lot worse due to good weather.

"However, as it gets hotter we will expect the roads to become a lot more congested with people driving to the likes of Howth, Bray and other seaside towns across the country."

Those who want to make the most of the good weather are being warned to stock up on SPF50 to ensure they avoid sun burn.

Tens of thousands of people took advantage of the three-day holiday, flocking to Limerick for Riverfest 2017, the city's biggest ever summer festival.

Riverfest 2017 attracted more than 40,000 people to the city.

Families soaked up the atmosphere and watched the impressive events on display.

World champion jetboarders Scotty Knemeyer and Bo Krook were two of the standout stars of Riverfest 2017 as they thrilled the crowds with unbelievable gravity defying displays.

Jetset

More than 340,000 passengers also travelled through Dublin Airport on the weekend with passenger numbers up 5pc over the same period last year.

Dublin Airport communications manager Siobhán O'Donnell said over 2,400 flights arrived and departed over the bank holiday as the summer holiday season gets under way.

"We predicted that we would have this amount of people coming through the airport over the bank holiday weekend and we no doubt had," she told the Irish Independent.

Over 5.8 million passengers have used Dublin Airport in the first three months of the year, a 5pc increase over the same quarter last year - or an extra 260,000 passengers.

Irish Independent

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