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Sunday 18 March 2018

Our heatwave is over, warn meteorologists

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

THERE is little chance of a repeat of the recent soaring temperatures, forecasters have warned.

Met Eireann have said that the heatwave does not look set to return and rain is likely before the week is out.

The country enjoyed what may be the last of the summer sun after a warm start yesterday morning.

But, forecaster Harm Luijkx said to expect "light showers" over the coming days, with widespread rain expected to arrive by the end of the week.

"We will see mostly dry weather today, just a few light showers and sunny spells-typical average Irish summer weather. Temperatures will range between 17C and 21C," he said.

"The lowest temperatures then will be in the west, and the highest temperatures will generally be in the south-east."

Last week the country basked in the sunshine, as temperatures delivered the hottest day of the year when it climbed to 27.7C in Oak Park, Carlow.

But, Mr Luijkx said there is little chance of a repeat.

"Temperatures will stay around normal for the whole week, and it looks like it will become more unsettled from Thursday onwards and into next weekend with more widespread showers," he said.

Irish Independent

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