Wednesday 17 January 2018

Balmy autumn to linger a while yet

Niamh and Don Sheridan in Sandycove, Dublin
Niamh and Don Sheridan in Sandycove, Dublin
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THERE'S no need to pull out those winter woolies just yet – as the balmy autumn weather looks set to continue.

However, the recent unseasonable high temperatures of 23C, mirroring some European hotspots, are unlikely to be matched again this year.

"I think the highest temperatures have passed us," said Met Eireann forecaster John Eagleton.

Some of the warmest spots in the country can today expect temperatures of 19C to 20C.

"It is not the normal pattern of weather but it is not unknown to get a return of summer at the end of September and beginning of October," said Mr Eagleton.

The weather for today is expected to be mild, with a mix of sunny spells and light rain showers. But it will remain warm and humid for the rest of the week.

"The weather we are getting is originating in France and Spain," he said. "Our temperatures match the north coast of Spain, the Basque Country."

Temperatures are expected to drop to around 15C to 19C next week.

"There is no cold weather on the way. It is going to stay a nice autumn but it will tend to be a bit showery," said the forecaster.

Irish Independent

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