Thursday 22 February 2018

Here comes summer, with hottest day so far

Patricia McDonagh

GET out the T-shirt and load up the campervan. Ireland is set to get a first taste of summer this weekend.

After a harsh winter of snow and floods the country is finally going to experience sunlight that may obscure the economic blues for a time.

Today temperatures will reach highs of 15C to 18C across most of the country, making it the hottest day of the year. And tonight will also be dry and mostly clear.

Temperatures will reach the high teens again on tomorrow, although it will be cooler near coasts.

"High pressure will dominate right through this weekend and also into next week," said Met Eireann forecaster Siobhan Ryan. "The temperatures over the weekend will be the highest experienced this year, with the warmest day on Sunday.

"This weekend people will be getting a taste of summer." But she has cautioned that while days will be dry, warm and sunny this weekend the nights will be a little cooler. In some places sharp frost and fog patches will descend, with temperatures dipping to a cool 2C to 3C.

"I would advise people eager to start planting flowers or vegetables to wait for a week," she said. "The nights will be on the cold side, despite high temperatures during the day." She said people can put their umbrella's away for the next seven days, as there will be "little or no" rain during that time.

On Monday it will remain warm and mild, with temperatures hitting 14C to 17C. However, it will be a bit cooler across Ulster.

Temperatures will also dip to 10C to 14C across the country on Tuesday as easterly breezes set in. This will be most marked near coasts of Leinster and Munster.

And there may be hope for the summer. "We don't yet know what it will be like for the summer but we certainly hope that it will be decent," said Ms Ryan.

Irish Independent

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