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Saturday 15 December 2018

The sun has got its hat on - and the entire country is making the most of it

A cooler weekend is on the way but temperatures may return to 20C early next week. Stock picture
A cooler weekend is on the way but temperatures may return to 20C early next week. Stock picture
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

If you haven't made the most of the hottest April in 15 years, then you're out of luck as conditions are set to worsen in the week ahead.

For a third day in a row, the nation basked in glorious sunshine yesterday, with temperatures soaring to 20C.

Beer gardens, parks and beaches were full of sun- worshippers.

It was hard to believe that a little over a month ago the country was ravaged by the Beast from the East, with temperatures as low as -7C.

So it was no surprise the good weather was all everyone could talk about - it hasn't been this hot in April since 2003, when mercury levels hit a record high of 24.4C.

Teddy's Ice Cream in Dun Laoghaire faced such high demand that it was running low on supply.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, owner Yasmin Khan said: "We've just enough ice cream to keep us going. It's been absolutely chaos for us, with people queuing out the door to buy ice cream."

Met Eireann forecaster Liz Gavin said the eastern part of the country saw the best weather. "The top temperatures ranged from 17C to even 20C in some parts," she said.

However, as predicted, the Mediterranean-type sunshine was short-lived as today and the rest of the week will see showers nationwide.

Met Eireann forecast a mix of bright or sunny spells with a few showers turning heavy later this afternoon and evening.

Temperatures are also set to drop to 11C to 14C, with south-westerly winds becoming "fresh and gusty". Tonight will see showers becoming increasingly isolated. Lowest temperatures will range from 5C to 7C.

Moderate westerly winds, fresh at first in the north-west, will back south-westerly by morning.

"For the rest of the week we are looking at a south-westerly airflow," added Ms Gavin.

"There will be rain and showers nationwide at times and we're looking at general temperatures at around 11C-14C."

Sunday Independent

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