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Autumn bows out with 'Indian summer'

WINTER may be only a couple of weeks away but Ireland will bask in a last-minute Indian summer over the next couple of days.

However, as temperatures were predicted to reach 21C in parts of the country today, areas of Cork city last night suffered flooding less than a year after floodwaters caused €100m of damage.

A seasonal tidal surge combined with strong winds from the south-east resulted in flooding throughout parts of Cork city and the harbour area last night.

Worst hit was the South Terrace area of Cork city though major property damage was averted. Floods were also reported near Sharman Crawford Street and Union Quay.

The major threat today will be from 6am to 8am and 7pm to 9pm.

The unseasonal spike in temperatures -- 8C above average temperatures for this time of year -- is the result of a huge storm brewing out in the Atlantic Ocean.

"It won't affect us in terms of rainfall, but will eventually bring a lot of showers over Spain and the high seas at the weekend," said Met Eireann forecaster John Eagleton.

"You need heat to get storms and we're going to get the good side of that. A lot of the warm air from it is going to be thrown up across the country. It will be a touch of the Indian summer weather -- warm and dry."

The weather is likely to be at its hottest in the west.

Irish Independent