Sunday 17 December 2017

One less concern for pupils as wind and rain forecast

Met Eireann's Joanna Donnelly
Met Eireann's Joanna Donnelly
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

FOR ALL the stressed students about to take the State exams this week, one thing they won't have to worry about is trying to concentrate in sunny weather.

The annual trend of blue skies blessing the country in early June – just as thousands of students begin the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams – is set to be broken this year.

Met Eireann's Joanna Donnelly says students will have rain and wind to contend with heading into their exams.

"We have got some unsettled weather for the coming week," she explained.

"The students won't mind, the weather won't be bothering them as they will be in out of the rain."

Ms Donnelly said that due to an Atlantic flow, "showery or rainy conditions" will sweep the country over the coming week.

An Irish Independent review of meteorological records shows that over the last five years, Ireland has been blessed with dry, warm and generally sunny weather in early June.

In 2009, parts of Ireland experienced the "sunniest June for 50 years", as temperatures soared as high as 25C on the day the Leaving Certificate began.

Last year, the mean temperatures in June were well above average after an "unsettled" start.

However, days into the stressful period, clear sunny skies hung over the hard-working pupils.

Irish Independent

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