Tuesday 20 March 2018

Autumn still has a glow: November begins with a sunny trip to the beach

Children play on a beach in Ballybunion, Co Kerry
Children play on a beach in Ballybunion, Co Kerry
Juliette Comlen Hamill (9) and Lucy Blayney (9) enjoyed the unseasonable sunshine in Herbert Park, Dublin. Temperatures are likely to stay in the mid-teens this week. Photo: Fergal Phillips.
Cian McMunn (7) walking his dog Toby
Berkeley Bui (2) feeding the birds in Herbert Park, Dublin
Dinny O’Donoughue with his donkey Dreddie and his son Denis and grandchildren Charlie, Harry Juliette and dog Murphy at the Old-Time Threshing and Vintage Day at Ballinadee, Co Cork

Jane O'Faherty

The prospect of an open fire may be tempting as the nights draw in, but unseasonably mild temperatures are set to keep late autumn evenings warm this week.

The arrival of November saw sun-seekers take to beaches and parks around the country yesterday for the last day of many school children's mid-term break.

Daytime temperatures will remain in the mid-teens, several degrees above normal, until ­Friday - although heavy mist and fog will affect most parts of the country over the next few days.

Met Éireann predicts the mild weather will continue until the middle of the week, with cloudy and unsettled conditions predicted to move in before the weekend.

Karla Finkele, forecaster with Met Éireann, said usual ­temperatures for this time of year are around eight to 14 degrees. However, today's temperatures are expected to climb between 13 to 16 degrees.

Ms Finkele explained that the current conditions had been caused by a warm air flow and high pressure, which was leading to milder and drier November weather.

However, she warned that may give way to cloudier skies and more unsettled weather tomorrow. Showery rain is set to move in during the evening, with a southwesterly air-stream ­bringing more active weather fronts across the country.

"This high pressure we have at the moment is slowly ­declining, and wet weather will come in from the south," said Ms Finkele.

While outbreaks of rain are still expected across Ireland on Thursday and Friday, a warm front moving in from the south west will keep temperatures in the double figures.

However, the mild weather will lead to foggy patches across the country. That fog is expected to become more dense during the week.

The UK's Met Office issued a severe fog warning for England and Wales yesterday, with poor visibility becoming widespread this morning.

Both Dublin Airport and Cork Airport experienced delays and cancellations yesterday as heavy fog disrupted flight schedules in Britain.

Last night Aer Lingus ­announced it was cancelling two flights between ­Dublin and London Heathrow ­today ­because of fog. It said ­passengers on board flights EI154 and EI155 would be ­accommodated on other flights.

It also warned passengers due to travel from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Belfast to Heathrow that there may be delays and further cancellations.

Meanwhile, early forecasts suggest next weekend's weather will be mild yet changeable.

Irish Independent

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