Monday 18 December 2017

Hurricane to bring final blast of summer warmth

Michael Staines

Ireland is in line for a final blast of summer heat, as a tropical hurricane blows its way through the Bahamas setting temperatures rising across Europe's north western coast.

A jet stream flowing from the south should push Hurricane Cristobal, pictured right, off the coast of the United States yesterday, towards Greenland as it crosses the Atlantic - drawing high pressures from the continent and bringing temperatures in the mid-20s centigrade to Ireland for the start of next week.

Met Eireann Forecaster Vincent O'Shea said the weather should start to improve by Saturday.

"The suggestion is this stream will bring much warmer temperatures to Ireland for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and maybe beyond," he said.

Sunday and Monday could see highs of 21C or 22C - rising further into the mid 20s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The news is not so good in the run up to this weekend however, with prolonged heavy showers and windy conditions forecast for today. Friday will be "a very breezy day" with widespread showers, heaviest in the west.

Revellers bound for Electric Picnic should dodge the worst of things with "a few passing showers on Friday" set to be the only bum note in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Irish Independent

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