Mercury to hit mid-20s as experts predict a hot summer
SUMMER is beginning to limp in with temperatures to hit the mid-20s by the end of this week.
But despite the long awaited rise in the mercury, cloudy spells and rain showers will persist, according to forecasters.
Wednesday will see temperatures break the 20C barrier and continue to rise into the weekend.
Next weekend will be even warmer, with temperatures of up to 25C. The midlands will get the best of the warmth, but some western parts may still have to endure spells of rain.
Met Eireann forecaster Gerry Murphy said: "The winds will be travelling south-westerly from Monday night, which will raise temperatures from the cold spell we've had over the last week."
And according to British weather experts who correctly predicted last winter's big freeze, we're set to enjoy the heat well into late August and early September, giving us an extended bout of summer sunshine.
"This will be summer's first salvo, with a decent spell of weather predicted for the next two weeks going into June," Positive Weather Solutions senior forecaster Jonathan Powell said last night.
Meanwhile, an estimated 10,000 people took advantage of the mild weather to attend a show of some 60 military vehicles at the Curragh racecourse in Kildare yesterday.
The outdoor exhibition featured vehicles from the Defence Forces, the air corps, the coastguard and the gardai.