Monday 20 May 2019

Getting back to normal: One day of sun before mercury drops again

Fun in the sun: Dalai (10) and Kasie (8) Yates and pooch Fluffy at Portmarnock Beach. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Fun in the sun: Dalai (10) and Kasie (8) Yates and pooch Fluffy at Portmarnock Beach. Picture: Kyran O'Brien

Denise Calnan and Allison Bray

It wasn't the hottest Easter on record - but we still have one more day of sunshine to look forward to.

The late Easter weekend this year meant sun-seekers saw the mercury soar to a toasty 22.9C at Oak Park in Co Carlow on Saturday and 21.7C in Finner, Co Donegal, yesterday.

But in the capital, temperatures hit 22.1C in the Phoenix Park as locals and tourists alike soaked up the rays, a pattern that was repeated around the country as Easter Monday brought daytime highs hovering around 20C in most places.

However, the temperatures did not break records, with April 1984 still topping the list of hottest-ever Easter weekends when it tipped 25.8C in Glenties, Co Donegal.

But we still have one more day of sunshine before temperatures return to normal with more dry, warm and hazy sunshine forecast for much of the country today with daytime highs of between 19C and 21C.

However, it will be a little cooler in the south of the country as mist and fog will cause temperatures to drop to between 16C and 18C.

The south also experienced some showers in coastal regions yesterday which drifted northwards over the course of the day, according to Met Éireann forecaster John Eagleton.

The weather will become cooler tomorrow as a low-pressure system nudges out the high pressure that has kept the country warm and dry.

Showery rain will move up from the south, leading to a dip in temperatures back to more seasonal values.

Daytime highs of just 10C to 13C can be expected.

"It will be very unstable by midweek, especially on Thursday, when we could get some heavy downpours and thunder," a forecaster said.

Saturday will be even cooler, with highs barely into the double digits at between 8C and 11C.

"We will be back into a more normal regime by the end of the week," he said.

Irish Independent

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