It'll be hot -- but don't get rid of the winter woollies
LOCK away those winter woollies and dust down the sun shades -- this weekend looks certain to be the hottest of the year so far.
But don't get too excited and throw the key away because our usual cool climate will return as early as Monday.
That was the warning from forecasters yesterday as sunseekers flocked to the beaches to enjoy the best weather of the year so far.
"There's no doubt that this will be our hottest weekend of the year -- that's a no-brainer really," Met Eireann forecaster John Eagleton said yesterday.
"Temperatures should get to the mid-20s. We are looking at a dry, warm day on Saturday with some misty cloud that may linger. It will be warm and summery. I'd say we'll hit 26 degrees before Sunday somewhere in the country.
"But it will get cooler next week, though. These temperatures won't be sustained. We'll go back to normal from Monday onwards -- probably about 14 or 15 degrees."
However, the weekend "is no guidance as to what will happen for the rest of the summer unfortunately".
Mr Eagleton said it won't be all plain sailing either as the warm weather is likely to destabilise the climate and bring some rain. "A few showers could break out around evening time because of the heat but they will be isolated," he said.
High temperatures yesterday were about 24 degrees in the middle of the country. Inland areas enjoyed the best of the weather while temperatures were pegged back along the coasts, thanks to sea fog.
"We'll have the same problem with fog at night and maybe patches of sea-fog drifting in as well over the next few days," he said.
But humidity at night "won't be anything we can't handle" he added. "It will be much the same as it has been recently."