Monday 11 December 2017

The heatwave that wasn't a heatwave now just a memory

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Ian Begley

The Irish heatwave is over - and officially speaking it was not a heatwave at all.

Met Éireann forecaster Gerry Murphy has put a dampner on the last few days of sunny bliss and Mediterranean-like temperatures by revealing that it wasn't even counted as a scientific heatwave.

"Well, the heatwave is over," he said. "Really, strictly speaking it wasn't a heatwave."

Mr Murphy explained that for a hot spell to be scientifically recorded as a 'heatwave', the average temperature needs to be 5C above normal for five consecutive days.

"While all the provinces had temperatures of over 26C over the past week, it wasn't actually for five consecutive days," Mr Murphy added.

And although it will be warm this weekend, we face an unsettled few days ahead.

Temperatures will drop to between 14C and 18C for the weekend, with a "bright, breezy day" expected for Saturday. Sunday is somewhat more uncertain, with rain being forecast.

Irish Independent

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