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Saturday 20 January 2018

No need for winter woolies just yet – Indian summer is on way

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

AFTER days of wind and rain, it looks like we're in for an Indian summer with more warm weather on the way.

While the past two days have been wet, cold and windy, temperatures will start to creep up again today and we could be basking in relatively warm conditions by the weekend.

There will be temperatures in the high teens or even low 20s, according to Met Eireann.

"It's good news. It looks like the weekend is going to be lovely," said Met Eireann meteorologist Evelyn Cusack.

"Sunday should be fine, pleasant with light winds and the temperatures will be as high as 20C," she said.

"The start of next week looks pleasant too, there is some fine autumn weather on the way," she added.

Although moderate northwesterly winds will prevail today, it will be mostly dry with a mixture of cloud and sunny spells as temperatures start to rise throughout the day for a high of between 12C and 15C.

Conditions will shift again by nightfall as a front moves in from the Atlantic bringing more wet and windy weather and a corresponding drop in temperatures overnight to a chilly 6C to 9C.

And while it will remain blustery tomorrow morning, conditions will improve as the day progresses with periods of sunshine breaking through in the afternoon.

This will bring the mercury to between 14C to 17C with cooler, more showery conditions in Ulster and brighter, warmer conditions in the southeast.

But the picture will really start to change for the better on Friday – which will be mostly dry with sunny spells and just a few isolated showers, and temperatures in the mid to high teens.

Although western coastal counties will likely remain damp, Saturday will be warm with sunny spells, with temperatures edging towards the high teens and even hitting 20C. Sunday is expected to be similar and even sunnier.

And the the picture looks just as promising for next week.

Irish Independent

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