Saturday 10 December 2016

Scorching heat burns itself out - unsettled weather set to begin

David Kearns

Published 16/05/2016 | 09:53

Twin sisters Antonia Wilkowska, left, and Amelia, 4, from Crumlin, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Twin sisters Antonia Wilkowska, left, and Amelia, 4, from Crumlin, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Twin sisters Antonia Wilkowska, left, and Amelia, 4, from Crumlin, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Dylan Croke, from Tallaght, and Sara OConnor, from Clondalkin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Pamela Cesarini, left, and Yris Vieira, from Portobello, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Sophia Carvalho, from Brazil living in Harold's Cross, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Clockwise from left: Mengxi Hu, from Rathfarnham, Mairead Conroy, from Tallaght, Kate OByrne, from Enniscorthy, Wexford, Claire Spelman, from Clontarf, and Fiona Brennan, from Dunboyne, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Beau Byrne, 4, from Crumlin, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Jasmin Schous, left, and Marly Lampe, from the Netherlands, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Lucia Murtagh, 16 months, from Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow, enjoying the sunshine with her aunt Mati Naranjo, from Smithfield, Dublin. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The scorching heat of the weekend seems to have burnt itself out as forecasters warn of a return to the unsettled weather that blighted April.

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There was barely a cloud in the sky on Saturday and Sunday as hundreds of sunshine worshippers flocked to St Stephen’s Green and the beaches around the capital to soak up the rays.

As most counties enjoyed highs of around 15-18 degrees, the west of Ireland was hotter in parts than Madrid and Athens, while temperatures in Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Donegal soared into the mid-20s.

Along the south coast, temperatures averaged around 14 degrees – similar to what was seen in Dublin. 

Twin sisters Antonia Wilkowska, left, and Amelia, 4, from Crumlin, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Twin sisters Antonia Wilkowska, left, and Amelia, 4, from Crumlin, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The mini-heatwave was a welcome change for the country after the dull and cold of April.  However, like all good things, the warm weather seems to have come to an end.

Met Eireann are saying that “a change to much cooler and fresher weather with temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees” has already begun to set in.

Dylan Croke, from Tallaght, and Sara OConnor, from Clondalkin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Dylan Croke, from Tallaght, and Sara OConnor, from Clondalkin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

“[Today] will be cooler than the weekend’s weather, and will see cloud coverage increase as the day goes on,” said Met Eireann’s Harm Luijkx.

“From Tuesday onwards, we’ll see more unsettled weather developing over the rest of the week, with rain at times coming in from the Atlantic,” he added.

Twin sisters Antonia Wilkowska, left, and Amelia, 4, from Crumlin, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Twin sisters Antonia Wilkowska, left, and Amelia, 4, from Crumlin, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The unsettled weather is expected to begin tomorrow with a damp start that will become more widespread as the day goes on.

Today will likely remain dry, with a mixture of cloudly and sunny spells. Scattered showers will cross the country on Wednesday and Thursday, while heavy rain is predicted for Friday.

Beau Byrne, 4, from Crumlin, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Beau Byrne, 4, from Crumlin, Dublin, enjoying the sunshine. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

At the moment, it looks like  we’ll have more mixed weather for next weekend.

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