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Friday 17 August 2018

Temperatures set to soar this weekend... but there's some thunder in the mix

Faeba Francis and Ashly Simon from Newry enjoy the summer sunshine on the Bull Wall in Dublin. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Faeba Francis and Ashly Simon from Newry enjoy the summer sunshine on the Bull Wall in Dublin. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Kyle Ewald

Temperatures are set to soar across the country as Ireland prepares for a “hot and humid” weekend—but keep your umbrella close because there is a potential for some thundery showers.

According to a Met Eireann forecaster, Friday will be “generally dry” throughout the day, with highs reaching up to 23 degrees. Showers off the Irish Sea will make their way to the East Coast this evening and move westwards overnight.

Temperatures will drop overnight, but stay at a mild 8 to 12 degrees.

As for Saturday, the Met Eireann forecaster said: “There will be a few showers at first up along the Atlantic coasts.”

“It will be hazy and humid for the majority of the day, although some showers off the Irish Sea again through the evening with the potential to turn thundery.”

Saturday temperatures will be “best in the west” with highs reaching between 17 and 22 degrees, although there is potential for spot flooding in the evening. Mist and fog is predicted to set in locally with temperatures dropping to around 13 degrees.

Sunday forecasts predict more warm and humid weather with highs ranging between 18 and 23 degrees, warmest in the central and northern counties.

“There will be some scattered showers early on, but spells of sunshine should break through during the day,” said the Met Eireann forecaster.

“Thundery showers may return across eastern counties during the evening though.”

Met Eireann predicts warm temperatures in the low to mid-twenties paired with off and on thundery showers will continue into Monday and Tuesday, and carry on into the rest of next week.

While many will be using this weekend’s soaring temperatures to bask in the sun and enjoy the outdoors, the Department of Agriculture has warned forest owners, famers and rural dwellers to be extremely vigilant in relation to fire activity. 

A status orange “high fire risk” has been put in place until May 30. The department said in a statement: “An increased ignition risk is associated with increased human activity in high risk areas owing to fine weather, particularly areas associated with turf cutting activities and areas adjacent to urban centres.”

“Recently increased live growth in upland vegetation, low to moderate wind speed and localised high humidity may moderate fire behaviour where conditions permit.”

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