Sunday 18 March 2018

Met Eireann 'sorry' for bad-weather blunder

Brendan Farrelly

Met Eireann apologised for getting it wrong about the weather yesterday.

Dublin was to have had a scattering of showers. Instead, the city was deluged in monsoon-like rain with low cloud all day.

Veteran forecaster Evelyn Cusack of Met Eireann admitted they got it wrong.

As she delivered the forecast at the end of the 6pm news on RTE television last night, she acknowleged that they got it wrong.

Later, speaking to the Irish Independent, she said: "I felt I should say something to acknowledge it. "We were expecting some showers from the Irish Sea. Instead, continuous showers were streaming in from the Irish Sea in a north-easterly wind," she said.

It stayed cloudy and temperatures were 12-13C all day -- more like sea temperatures. It could end up as one of the coldest days in July.

However, most of the country was dry with temperatures of about 17C.

In Cork at 7pm last night it was lovely and sunny with temperatures of 18C, Ms Cusack said. In Dublin, it was damp and drizzly.

Further periods of showery rain are predicted along the east coast today, but the bulk of the country will be dry with a few sunny spells in places.

Highest temperatures are expected to be about 15-18C.

But the outlook is for a big improvement, with temperatures getting back into the 20s next week.

That's if you can believe it.

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