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Never mind what Met Éireann says, in the Irish psyche we always expect a summer scorcher

Stella O'Malley


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Bournemouth Beach, England where the country bathed in heatwave temperatures in June - but Ireland hasn't had as much luck. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Bournemouth Beach, England where the country bathed in heatwave temperatures in June - but Ireland hasn't had as much luck. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters

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Bournemouth Beach, England where the country bathed in heatwave temperatures in June - but Ireland hasn't had as much luck. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Every single year I, and five million others, fall for it. Each summer, we hope, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that this year will be different, that we’ll have a regular summer, with a reasonable amount of sunshine.

We’re not fools – we’re well aware that we live in Ireland and so we don’t kid ourselves that we’ll have endless hot summer days. But we do tend to forget the inarguable evidence that we have already collected that it’s actually quite unlikely we’ll have a hot summer. It’s much more likely that the season will continue to stumble along, exactly as it is doing this year – a few nice, plenty of dull, and too many wet days.


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