Monday 20 November 2017

Cold winds set to bring an abrupt end to our summer

The sun sets over a field of barley
The sun sets over a field of barley

Danielle Stephens

WINDS blowing in from the Atlantic will drag temperatures down this week to the point summer wardrobes will become redundant.

Forecasters have warned that mercury levels will drop two or three degrees lower than expected for this time of year, hitting as low as 14C in some parts.

Pat Clarke from Met Eireann said a change in wind direction would bring with it cooler conditions and that there was a strong chance of heavy showers.

"The wind is coming from the North Atlantic in a north-westerly direction, so we are expecting a cool, fresh week, with temperatures ranging from 14-18C," he said.

He also warned of occasional heavy showers spreading across the country.

"Munster and Connacht will experience the showers first, but they'll eventually hit the entire country," he said.

Normally in August, temperatures vary between 17-21C, but coastal areas in the North of the country could feel the chill of 14C at some point during the week.

Met Eireann have predicted a slight increase in temperatures coming into the start of next weekend.

However, forecaster Mr Clarke warned that the days of hot sunny weather have gone for the foreseeable future.

"Next weekend we will probably feel slightly higher temperatures, but the warm, settled weather that we saw at one point during the week isn't on the cards," he added.

Irish Independent

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