Sunday 18 August 2019

Ireland set to bask in 26C mini-heatwave

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Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Light up the barbecue and whip out the patio cushions - it looks like Ireland is in for a mini-heatwave over the coming days.

Met Eireann predicts that temperatures will hit a balmy 26 degrees Celsius tomorrow, and it will be warmest across the northern half of the country.

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But it doesn't end there. Long spells of sunshine will continue on Tuesday, which will be another warm day with temperatures ranging from 20C to 26C. However, rain will make its presence felt by the evening in the west and south-west counties.

On Wednesday, the country will see some light outbreaks of rain but some eastern areas may stay dry. The air will stay warm with top temperatures of 19C to 23C and moderate south to south-east breezes.

Today will bring top temperatures of 18C to 21C along with blustery spells of heavy rain which will be "fairly widespread" in the afternoon and evening.

With rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, rising faster than any other cancer - more than 1,000 cases are diagnosed annually in Ireland - the Marie Keating Foundation has warned people to be sun-smart in the coming week.

Sunday Independent

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