Making play while sun shines . . . crowds delight in Indian summer
DON'T be so gloomy. Predictions that Ireland's tantalising Indian summer is over may be a little hasty -- at least for some of us.
Our record breaking September -- which saw temperatures rise to as high as 25.5C in Dublin -- was supposed to come to an abrupt end yesterday but the sun insists on shining.
Yesterday, sizzling conditions ruled much of the country. Temperatures climbed back into the low twenties and stubbornly stayed there with only the south suffering chillier conditions and misty, drizzling skies.
Now, Met Eireann says that if the temperatures continue into the weekend, early October records could also be broken.
But as with the last few days, it is the east of the country that will be the most likely beneficiary. "The temperatures have been exceptional for late September," said chief forecaster Gerald Fleming.
The flip side to the warm air is that it carries more moisture. Thus, the weekend is likely to be followed by heavy rain, much of which is already anticipated for the west.