Enjoy the sunshine today as temperatures return to normal levels tomorrow

By Fiona Gribben

THE country's long spell of warm weather is set to come to an end this weekend.

All week we have basked in searing temperatures as sales of ice cream rocketed.

Although it will be warm tonight, there is the possibility of mist settling and a noticeable change in the weather will arrive tomorrow.

"Saturday will be warmer in the morning with a high of 20 degrees but it will become duller in the afternoon with a chance of rain," Met Eireann meteorologist Joanna Donnelly explained.

Scattered showers will hopefully stay at bay for the outdoor screening of cult classic The Commitments this weekend by the Dublin Film Festival.


Over the past few weeks as part of the new DIFF Pix series, an off-shoot of the main film festival in March, Dublin film fans have been voting for the city's favourite film.

Filmed on location in Dublin in 1991, the comedy-drama topped the poll and will be screened this Saturday in Smithfield Square with the venue open at 6pm.

Director of the Dublin 
Film Festival Grainne Humphreys said: "We wanted to engage with people so that the Dublin we walk through has been captured forever and 
frozen in time in beautiful films over the decades."

Fans were asked in the online poll to choose a favourite from a shortlist of 12 iconic productions filmed in Dublin including Michael Collins, Once and Intermission.

Another Roddy Doyle's adaption, The Snapper came second followed by 2004's downbeat comedy Adam and Paul.

"The Commitments was a frontrunner from the start, it captured the humour of Dublin while holding up a portrait of a particular society and warm community."

On Sunday, the temperature will drop to what is normal at this time of year, between 17 and 19 degrees and this cooler weather will continue next week. Sunday will also see the close of the Vodafone Comedy Festival held in four fully seated, indoor theatres in the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin city centre.

Up to 20,000 people are expected to attend over the four-day event with headline acts over the weekend including Dara O Briain, Russell Howard, Jason Byrne and David O'Doherty.