Saturday 7 December 2019

Indian summer as sun to keep shining

The morning sun rises over Summerville's field, Wilkinstown, Navan, County Meath. Photo: Barry Cronin.
The morning sun rises over Summerville's field, Wilkinstown, Navan, County Meath. Photo: Barry Cronin.

Brian Byrne

THE hazy lazy days of summer are still here, even if the calendar tells you the season has passed by.

The mornings may be misty, as the early morning photograph by Barry Cronin in Summerville’s field, outside Navan, Co Meath shows, but the haze will clear as the sun rises and temperatures are set to rise as high as 22C today.

Forecasters are also predicting dry and sunny weather for the rest of the week, with those living in the west and west midlands regions enjoying the highest mercury levels.

Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn said: “We should have sunshine today, like yesterday. We could have a little bit of cloud cover in the afternoon, but it should stay generally dry.”

Temperatures will range between 18C and 22C, with the highest temperatures reaching areas west of the Shannon “because of east and south-easterly winds coming in from the continent,” Ms Blackburn explained.

Sunny 'back-to-school' weather is here to stay

Temperatures will drop to between 6C and 9C tonight.

This will clear early on tomorrow morning to make way for another dry, sunny day, with temperatures peaking at 21C, but forecasters are also predicting a few isolated showers in the south west.


 Nine-to-fivers will be relieved to learn that the weekend is also faring well, with the best weather expected on Saturday.

Ms Blackburn said: “Over the weekend and into next week the high pressure will remain. Temperatures will remain well up over the weekend, from the high teens up to 20C or even 21C.

“There might be a bit more cloud cover, but by and large there’s likely to be good sunshine as well. It might be a bit breezier in the south west at times, but it’s all fairly good really.”

However, the favourable conditions could begin to fizzle out next week. “The wind regime stays very much the same right through to the early days of next week. The cloud cover will probably get a bit more problematic, as there’ll be a bit more moisture in the air. I don’t think it’s going to be as sunny. You might have a few showers in the south west. But the main story is that it’s staying dry, and temperatures are above normal.”

Ms Blackburn said that while this weather “wouldn’t be normal for September”, we’re not breaking any records, and we’re unlikely to do so as we move closer to October.

“Valentia in Co Kerry recorded a temperature of 28.4C in September 1991. You’ll often find that the highest temperatures are during the first few days of the month,” she said.

Irish Independent

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