Summer's last hurrah is over – autumn is on way
Published 05/09/2013 | 04:41
IRELAND's late blast of summer is over, with temperatures plunging and even the risk of frost on the horizon.
As Ireland enjoyed warm sunshine and parts of Britain basked in temperatures of up to 28C, Met Eireann said it was about to get a lot cooler and wetter over the coming days.
Temperatures climbed into the 20s in many parts of the country yesterday, peaking at 23C in Dublin's Phoenix Park and at Shannon Airport.
However, for western and northern parts, temperatures were pegged back to just 14C.
Met Eireann forecaster John Eagleton said that while the eastern half of the country had been hanging on to the last blast of summer, that was about to change.
"That was summer, (today) is definitely autumn," he added.
After a cloudy start, today will turn sunny – although with some scattered showers.
It will feel much fresher than the past few days, with temperatures tumbling back and ranging from just 13-16C.
Tomorrow temperatures fall back by another degree or two.
There will be a good deal of sunny, dry weather, with some showers in coastal areas before another cold night.
Early on Saturday morning, rain will move into the eastern half of the country, with some heavy falls in the east and north accompanied by strong winds.