Thursday 19 October 2017

Long may it last: get set for hottest day of the year

Breda Heffernan and Stephen Maguire

SLAP on the sunscreen because Ireland will be rivalling holiday hotspots in the Mediterranean today.

Temperatures for some parts of the country will reach 22 degrees today – the highest so far this year – and the good news is that the warm sunshine is due to continue over the coming days.

In a welcome reprieve from our unseasonably cold weather of late, Ireland will rival destinations such as Corfu, Barcelona, the south of France and even the Canaries this week.

Met Eireann forecaster Harm Luijkx said that while it is unlikely any new records for June temperatures will be set this week, they will nonetheless be several degrees above normal for this time of year.

"Each day will probably get fairly warm weather with temperatures reaching the low 20s," he said.

Meanwhile, Ireland's most famous amateur weatherman is predicting a good summer ahead.

Sophie Gulliver (8) and her brother Ben making a splash at yesterday’s launch of the John Barry Maritime Festival, which will take place in Wexford town from June 20 to 23
Sophie Gulliver (8) and her brother Ben making a splash at yesterday’s launch of the John Barry Maritime Festival, which will take place in Wexford town from June 20 to 23

Donegal postman Michael Gallagher uses the behaviour of animals and the development of plants to predict the weather.

He believes the recent cold weather and prolonged rain are behind us and we can look forward to some dry periods and sunshine.

"In days gone by the old people would always say that if you have hailstones and extremely cold weather in May, that you're in for a good summer of weather.

"The old people were never far wrong with their predictions and I'm hoping they're right and we will enjoy an extended good spell of sunshine," Mr Gallagher added.

Irish Independent

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