Sunday 19 May 2019

Best weather so far this year on the way with temperatures due to hit 20C

Fun in the sun: Left, Liam Thompson (7) and his sister Aisling (5) at Sandycove, Dublin
Fun in the sun: Left, Liam Thompson (7) and his sister Aisling (5) at Sandycove, Dublin

Ralph Riegel

Fire up the barbecues - Ireland is set to enjoy the finest weather of the year to date, with spells of glorious sunshine and temperatures climbing to a balmy 20C.

Met Éireann has forecast that the fine weather of the weekend is set to extend and to improve for the next five days.

Holidaymakers, gardeners and revellers have been advised to make the most of the spell of fine weather - as next weekend is set to prove unsettled, with a return to spells of rain and drizzle.

Tens of thousands enjoyed glorious conditions across the country yesterday - flocking to festivals, sports events, beaches and parks.

In Cork, more than 50,000 attended the opening round of the Munster hurling championship, as the Rebels took on great rivals Tipperary.

Huge crowds also basked in the sunshine at WellFest in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham grounds in Dublin, among other events.

Smiles: British broadcaster Fearne Cotton, RTÉ’s Kathryn Thomas and fitness coach Joe Wicks at WellFest in Dublin. Photo: Collins
Smiles: British broadcaster Fearne Cotton, RTÉ’s Kathryn Thomas and fitness coach Joe Wicks at WellFest in Dublin. Photo: Collins

Tomorrow and Wednesday will see the finest of the weather conditions this week, with extended spells of bright sunshine, little cloud and no rainfall.

Temperatures will reach 19C and even 20C in some places - an entire seven degrees warmer than last Friday.

Even overnight temperatures won't drop below 4C for the next few days.

Connacht and parts of Ulster will enjoy the best of the warm temperatures - with breezy conditions having a cooling effect in both the south and south-east.

"We have high pressure building from Sunday," forecaster Joanna Donnelly said.

"Thursday and Friday are also looking to be largely dry and with good sunny spells but there is just a chance of rain, particularly in the west, as well as isolated showers elsewhere."

However, temperatures will drop slightly in the latter part of the week - with Thursday and Friday likely to see a high of 16C or 17C.

By Saturday, there will be a return to more unsettled conditions, with spells of rain expected from the east.

Met Éireann stressed that while the amount of rainfall involved will be quite small, it will bring cooler overall temperatures.

Irish Water Safety urged people to exercise care if they are engaging in water sports through the spell of early fine weather.

People are urged never to swim alone, never to swim immediately after eating, never to swim outside their safe limits and to be aware of local lifeguard services.

Youngsters were warned never to swim in prohibited areas such as flooded quarries and reservoirs.

The Irish Coastguard warned people to exercise care along unfamiliar stretches of coastline after three US students had to be rescued in Kerry after being trapped by the tide near Dingle.

Irish Independent

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