Time to break out the barbecue as summer sun returns
Published 02/07/2013 | 05:00
WE can look forward to sizzling weekend weather but must first endure a few mixed days.
Saturday and Sunday should bring an opportunity to break out the barbecue with temperatures due to rise as high as 25C.
The news comes as latest monthly figures show Dublin enjoyed its longest bank of sunshine in 71 years during June.
Dublin Airport reported the most sunshine with 210.8 hours, with six consecutive days with over 14.5 hours of sunshine.
This was during the glorious week from June 4-9 and was a station record since it opened in 1942.
However, despite the sunshine, average June temperatures were the lowest recorded in 11 years in some parts.
Forecaster David Rogers said: "We've experienced reasonable temperatures that haven't been excessive overall so far this summer. It's nothing out of the ordinary, relatively cool, with ongoing rain spells averaged out with fine weather."
The forecast is once again mixed as many schoolchildren enjoy their first full week of holidays.
Today it will be windy with scattered, heavy rain. Tomorrow will be mainly dry and humid with highest temperatures of 21C.
Thursday will be sunny with scattered showers and Friday will enjoy highs of 20C.
The weekend will be mainly dry with sunny spells and light winds, and temperatures rising to between 20C and 25C.
"It will be unsettled for the rest of the week, with fairly frequent episodes of rain, but with some sunny spells ahead," said Mr Rogers.
His colleague Gerald Fleming raised the prospect of the good weather continuing into next week: "With the fine period in the beginning of June, and the high pressure, definitely something is possible after the weekend and into next week."
Met Eireann statistics showed last month's highest temperature was 25.4C in Newport, Co Mayo, on June 8.
Dublin stations reported their driest June in seven years with six consecutive days of sun from June 4-9.
However, Valentia Observatory, Kerry, had its wettest in six years with a recorded 138.1mm of rain.