Saturday 16 December 2017

Some like it hot! But time to chill on way

Deirdre Gilhawley and Louise Hogan

DON'T discard those winter woollies just yet as the glorious temperatures are likely to dip over the next few days.

The sunglasses were dusted off yesterday as the blazing sunshine banished those Monday blues.

Mercury levels soared as temperatures reached over 18C in many parts of the country yesterday, with a high of 19.1C recorded at Claremorris, Co Mayo.

But Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn cautioned the balmy temperatures looked likely to drop and return to an average of 11C to 14C over the next few days.

"The temperatures won't be repeated over the next few days," Ms Blackburn said.

"The air will be cooler and there will be more cloud about."

Sunny spells over the midlands, south and east are forecast for today, with spots of drizzle in the Connacht and Ulster regions.

Temperatures are likely to reach 11C to 14C in the north and east, while the midlands, west and south will enjoy temperatures of 16C to 17C.


Conditions will remain mostly dry and settled over the next few days, with temperatures ranging between 12C and 15C, although coastal areas are likely to be cooler.

The nights will remain cold and chilly, with patches of fog and frost in places, as temperatures dip to between zero to 5C.

Met Eireann confirmed that Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far, with the highest temperature, 19.6C, recorded in Claremorris.

"No records were broken as such, the weather has not been exceptional but the temperatures were lovely," Ms Blackburn explained.

"Temperatures above 20C are often recorded in April."

The high temperatures also created extra work for fire crews. In Co Mayo the sunny climes have resulted in bog and forest fires over the past three days.

Mayo chief fire officer Seamus Murphy said nine of the county's 12 stations were busy tackling blazes in the east and south of the region.

Fire crews yesterday brought a fire sweeping through bogland in the Ox Mountains at Bonniconlon, near Ballina, under control.

Mr Murphy said conditions are tinder dry at the moment due to the fine weather and appealed to the public to exercise extra caution regarding lighting fires.

Irish Independent

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