Tuesday 12 December 2017

After the storm, weather takes turn for the better

Martial arts master Sang Shouhui leads a Golden Dragon troupe during rehersals at The Lough, Cork city. Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
Martial arts master Sang Shouhui leads a Golden Dragon troupe during rehersals at The Lough, Cork city. Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
A man out for a stroll in Clontarf

Greg Harkin

Ireland will see more sunshine and less rain for the next few days - but it's best to keep an umbrella handy, forecasters say.

Temperatures at night are set to fall to 3C or 4C as autumn kicks in.

And while there may be some showers in the days ahead, Met Éireann forecaster Louise Heraghty said they would be light and well scattered.

"It will be nothing compared to the heavy rain of recent days," she said.

"It will be cloudy, but pleasant in any sunshine."

Daytime temperatures will rise to between 13C and 17C but will fall back significantly at night.

An active depression over the English channel tomorrow will miss Ireland, although cloud on the fringes of the weather system will affect the south and east coasts.

And the good news is that after the sunshine and scattered showers of today and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday will be completely dry, said another Met Éireann forecaster, David Rodgers.

"Any scattered showers on Wednesday and Thursday will be very light and it's looking like the following two days will be dry," he said.

"At this stage it looks as if Sunday will start off dry in many areas. However, rain in the west will gradually spread eastwards to all areas, reaching the east coast in the evening. There will be highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees with moderate southerly breezes.

"Current indications suggest that the early days of next week will be mainly dry with just a few showers at times."

The better weather over the next few days will be welcomed by farmers, particularly in the north and west of the country after a wash-out August.

It is also good news for Culture Night this Friday with hundreds of events, many outdoors, taking place across the country.

Meanwhile, the extreme heat that affected many parts of central and eastern Europe last month - and failed to reach Ireland - hit sales for fashion retailers.

H&M announced its profits in central European countries fell because of very warm weather there.

Clothing sales in Germany, H&M's single-biggest market, sank 16pc in August, according to industry data.

Societe Generale analyst Anne Critchlow said the figure implied around an 8pc plunge in like-for-like sales.

"Weather was to blame. We have seen figures showing that the German, Swedish and UK clothing markets were weak in August," she said.

The poor weather of the past few days in the south and west of Ireland was laid bare in figures released by Irish Weather Online.

A five-day analysis of rainfall over the five days from last Thursday, showed a massive difference from west to east.

Weather stations in Galway recorded 137mm of rainfall over that period, with 120mm in Kerry. However there was just 11mm in Kildare, 10mm at Malin Head in Co Donegal, and less than 1mm of rain in Derry.

Although there will be more rain over the next week, again mostly in the west and south, it will be nowhere near what those areas have seen in the past five days.

And the UK Met Office has played down reports of a harsh winter ahead because of a strong El Niño weather phenomenon developing in the tropical Pacific. It said it was still too early to speculate.

Irish Independent

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