Sunday 15 December 2019

'Promising' outlook for bank holiday weekend with sunny intervals on the way

Rapeseed blooms in the sunshine. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Rapeseed blooms in the sunshine. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Allison Bray

The outlook for the May Bank Holiday weekend looks promising as high pressure will start building on Friday.

Sunday will see the best weather of the weekend, with a combination of sunny intervals and clouds but warm temperatures hovering around 16 degrees to 17 degrees.

Bank Holiday Monday will see similar values, but it won’t be beach weather just yet, Met Eireann meterologist John Eagleton said.

“It won’t be record-breaking or outstanding,” he said. “But it’s a lot better than this time last year when it was freezing,” he said.

Unfortunately, the balmy weather that sent temperatures soaring to 20 degrees yesterday is not expected to return for the foreseeable future.

Tomorrow will be a bit of a mixed bag with showery outbreaks of rain and possible thunderstorms, especially in the north and the east.

“The next few days won’t be as good as it’s been,” said of the dry, sunny conditions across much of the country yesterday and Monday.

However as the high pressure system moves in here on Friday, temperatures will start to rise to a pleasant 12 to 15 degrees across much of the country, coupled with sunny intervals.

Meanwhile, the outlook for next week is uncertain, but early indications suggest that it will be unsettled overall, with some showers, or longer spells of rain at times, but with bright or sunny spells also and around normal temperatures.

Meanwhile, April was a relatively dry and sunny month.

Most places experienced 60pc of typical rainfall for the month, and temperatures hovered one or two degrees above normal.

The northern half of the country enjoyed 20 to 40pc more sunshine than is typical for April.

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