Tuesday 14 August 2018

High pressure, rising slowly

'The weather is much more unpredictable than it used to be, isn't it?' (Stock image)
'The weather is much more unpredictable than it used to be, isn't it?' (Stock image)
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

It seems like a nice day. It should be a nice day. The indicators are good. The figures, on paper, are good. Temperatures are high, we are told, even though many people can't actually feel it in their own areas, in their own backyard. And while there is a bit of sunshine here and there, a lot of the time it's quite heavy. You could even say that for some it still feels a little oppressive around the place. The air seems pregnant with something. There is an unsettling stillness, maybe a sense of a calm before the storm.

There are warnings, of course. There will be onshore breezes in the East, coming in from Britain. And there is potentially a major event on the way, a storm brewing in Italy that could spread across the continent. There are warnings from Met Eireann of thunder on the way. You can almost hear its distant rumble. The OECD is issuing warnings, too, of sharp rises in temperatures, even overheating, that could need a deluge to wash away the blood on the streets.

Housing is approaching highs not seen since the mythical summers of our youth, in the early 2000s, when we were free and innocent and thought that summer would never end.

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