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Heatwave put on hold ... but normal Irish summer weather is on the way


Ireland's hopes of a mini heatwave this weekend have been ruled out by forecasters

Ireland's hopes of a mini heatwave this weekend have been ruled out by forecasters.

Met √Čireann says weather forecast models had 'cooled' on the chances of warm, sunny weather by the end of the week.

But forecaster John Eagleton says temperatures will finally return to normal for this time of the year, even if it doesn't mean there will be long tailbacks to our beaches this weekend.

The improving weather comes after a day of heavy rain and gale-force winds across the country yesterday caused disruption to many events.

TG4 was forced to run GAA programme repeats after the All-Ireland Gaeltacht finals from Ardara, Co Donegal, was postponed for the first time.

Heavy rain left the pitch waterlogged and winds gusting to 110kmph would have made football impossible.

Leinster was worst hit by the high winds, with three flights diverted from Dublin and forced to land at Shannon and Belfast International Airport.

Mr Eagleton said the wet weather is not over just yet - rain will continue today but winds will ease this evening.

Britain was bracing itself for a heatwave this coming weekend but Irish forecasters are not optimistic.

"We were calling it to get much warmer based on weather model predictions, but that's gone now," said Mr Eagleton last night.

"Tuesday will start off wet but it will begin to clear by the afternoon and it should be fairly dry for the rest of the week.

"The hot temperatures are no longer there - so we are looking at 15C or 16C for the rest of the week, normal temperatures for the time of the year."

Peter O'Donnell from Irish Weather Online warned of the potential for high tides around Galway Bay later today.

"There is also the chance of a thunderstorm in some southern regions on Tuesday," he said.

Winds will ease to around 40kmph on Wednesday with any rain or showers confined mainly to the north and west.

Thursday looks like being the best day of the week, with temperatures in the south east set to hit 18C or 19C.

But the high winds will return on Friday with the risk of more thunderstorms, said O'Donnell.

"The following week is looking more settled now, but could be rather cool due to northeast winds from an unusually cold Irish Sea," he added.

Irish Independent