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Friday 15 December 2017

Hot stuff - we're in for a 'double-dip' heatwave

Yoga on Castlepark beach in Kinsale
Yoga on Castlepark beach in Kinsale
Tara Ramasawmy (11) at Kikenny Castle
Paragliding in Co Louth

Majella O'Sullivan and Louise Hogan

BRACE yourself – we may be in store for a "double-dip" heatwave.

A second sunny spell with soaring temperatures is expected to hit the country next weekend. And although it will feel cooler this weekend, don't pack away the barbecue just yet – early indications are we're in for another scorcher next weekend.

Met Eireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly said temperatures were expected to cool slightly over the weekend but the country would still be bathed in sunshine.

Temperatures were expected to reach 23C to 26C in the south and south east, while along the west coast and northern regions, a cooler front will move in, bringing temperatures down to 17C to 20C.

"It will still be pleasant weather, it will just be a little cooler at night and it will stay dry," she said. "The fair weather spell is set to continue through the foreseeable future, with temperatures above 20C."

However, she warned temperatures had not yet come close to smashing the record high of 33.3C noted at Kilkenny Castle on June 28, 1887.

"It might come next week as yesterday was the last day of the very hot weather but it could get record-breaking during the next spell," Ms Donnelly said.

Yesterday was the warmest day yet in parts of the country where the mercury hit 29C.

It will also feel cooler in the north, where the prevailing winds will keep temperatures between 17C and 21C in Ulster.

But there will still be plenty of warm weather to look forward to, with temperatures reaching a respectable 22C in most parts this weekend and climbing back up to between 22C and 26C by tomorrow. Best conditions will be in Munster and south Connacht.

The outlook for the following week remains positive, with temperatures ranging from a low of 20, but the south can expect to reach 23C or 24C.

Irish Independent

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