Thursday 23 May 2019

Early start for summer as temperatures hit highs of 21 degrees

Easter Weekend scorcher as the heat turns up for the bank holiday weekend. Photo: Paul Mealey
Easter Weekend scorcher as the heat turns up for the bank holiday weekend. Photo: Paul Mealey

Allison Bray

Almost every corner of the country should get its turn to bask in the sun this weekend, according to Met Eireann.

By 4pm today, hazy sunshine had the mercury soaring to an unseasonably warm 21C at the Casement weather station in south county Dublin as well as weather stations at  Shannon Airport,  Claremorris, Co Mayo, Athenry, Co Galway and Finner Camp, Co Donegal.

Beth Synnott (4) from Wicklow having fun on the Beach in Brittas Bay.
Beth Synnott (4) from Wicklow having fun on the Beach in Brittas Bay.
Kenna Synnott (2) from Wicklow having fun on the Beach in Brittas Bay.
Remo Marsella (8) from Walkinstown having fun on the Beach in Brittas Bay.

And the good news is the same conditions are set to continue tomorrow, said Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe.

Leinster will gets its turn in the sun tomorrow with daytime highs of 21C across much of the province.

However, coastal areas will be a bit more breezy, nudging the mercury down to between 16C and 19C, she said.

“It all depends on where you live,” Ms Lowe told Independent.ie.

While it may be a bit too breezy for a day at the beach in areas subject to offshore breezes,  it will still be a warm and pleasant day in most areas, she said.

Fog and mist will feature overnight tonight in many areas, especially in the west and midlands.

But it should burn off as the day progresses, leading to a warm, dry and pleasant day in most areas tomorrow with daytime highs of between 17C and 22C.

The only exception is the northwest, which can expect clouds and some drizzle but temperatures will still be mild, hovering between 15C and 16C.

Easter Sunday will remain dry in most areas, with spells of hazy sunshine in the east and midlands and daytime highs of between 15C and 20C.

But increasing clouds are set to bring some spotty rain to coastal areas in the west, southwest and northwest by the evening or overnight.

The outlook for Easter Monday remains good, although temperatures will dip to the mid to high teens in most areas as winds pick up,  Ms Lowe said.

However, it will still be unseasonably warm, with highs ranging between 14C and 19C, with the best values expected in the east, she said.

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