Monday 11 December 2017

Temperatures to reach high teens in 'dry and sunny' conditions - but it's not all good news

Paige Crummy enjoys the weather at Dollymount Strand in Dublin. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Paige Crummy enjoys the weather at Dollymount Strand in Dublin. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Kathy Armstrong

There's good news for sun-seekers as we're expected to enjoy lots of warm, dry weather this week, with temperatures expected to reach up to 17C.

Leave your umbrella at home and cool down with an ice-cream as we're set to enjoy sunshine over the coming days.

Summery temperatures of 20C were recorded at Shannon Airport on Tuesday and counties including Galway, Mayo and Sligo also basked in sunshine.

It's not all good news though, while many of us will be outside making the most of the weather, other parts of the country are expected to have cloud, blustery winds and perhaps even some showers.

Met Eireann forecaster Vincent O'Shea gave an insight into what we can expect.

He told "It's going to be dry and sunny for the rest of the week, including the weekend, it won't be beach weather as such but it will be fine and dry although overall it might be a little breezier than it was on Monday and Tuesday.

"There will be lots of sun, particularly in the west and northwest, it will be warmest there and today it should reach 15-17C.

"It could be slightly cooler along the east coast due to sea breezes but it'll get gradually warmer as you move inland.

"Down south it could be cloudier, particularly in Cork where this might develop into some light showers on Saturday.

"In the south and east of the country it will be around 12-14C, although it really will vary depending where you are.

"So basically it looks like the counties that you normally wouldn't expect to enjoy the best weather will over the next couple of days."

We're expected to have top temperatures of 17C tomorrow and this will be drop slightly to 15C on Friday and Saturday.

High pressure will re-emerge on Sunday, causing winds to ease and clouds to break across the country.

It will still be sunny and temperatures will be in the mid to late teens.

Met Eireann has said that next Monday and Tuesday will still be mostly dry and sunny.

There could be a few showers late on Tuesday afternoon but temperatures could still reach a sizzling 21C.

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