Thursday 23 November 2017

Feeling the heat? Temperatures set to soar to 26 degrees next week

Forecasters have said there is a fine week ahead
Forecasters have said there is a fine week ahead

Emma Jane Hade and Claire McCormack

Stock up on the sun cream as the warm weather is here to stay and it's set to get even better - but only after the weekend.

Despite hopes that the weekend would enjoy sunny spells, it looks like we'll have to wait until next week before the real summer weather arrives.

Although many parts of the country will enjoy sunny spells today and tomorrow, there will be cloud cover in many parts of the country.

However from Monday onwards temperatures are set to soar - with the warmest day of the year so far on the cards for Tuesday or Wednesday.

Met Eireann expects the mercury to reach 25 degrees in many places on Tuesday.

Wednesday could prove to be the hottest day of the year so far however, with temperatures expected to even reach 26 degrees in some parts of the country.

Deirdre Lowe from Met Eireann said. "Next week it gets warmer as high pressure builds. We will get temperatures around the middle of the week in the low to mid-twenties. So it will be quite warm."

It is looking pretty good for businesses too, as the World Cup and warm weather combine to make for perfect barbecue conditions.

"I'm not sure if it's the weather or the end of the recession but all our sun loungers, barbeques and sofa sets are flying out of the shop," said Pat Kelly, owner of Living Furniture, Kilquade, Co Wicklow.

"As soon as the temperature is right and people get a whiff of barbecued steak everyone wants to enjoy the outdoor life at night time."

The sun is also bringing an increase in custom to one of Dublin's newest watersports schools.

"Our kids' surfing camps are booked to capacity into July," said David Carroll, owner at Outdoor Dublin, based in Skerries.

Irish Water Safety is encouraging sun worshippers to take extra care if they are taking a swim to cool down over the weekend.

Irish Independent

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