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Get the BBQ back out... Indian summer on way

GET your BBQs back out -- the promise of an Indian summer is just days away.

Over the next week, Ireland will experience more sunshine than it did for long stretches of a poor summer.

Temperatures will push into the high teens on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the days then getting much warmer and humid with temperatures soaring to 21 or 22 degrees.

The "Indian summer" temperatures contrast with the usual late September maximum of 14 to 17 degrees.

But cloud cover will play its part and not all parts of the country will see a lot of sunshine.

"It's not cast iron but there are indications that following the next few days, things will be settling down," Met Eireann forecaster David Rogers said.

"It will be pleasant and mainly dry with some sunshine over most of the country through the middle of next week and into next weekend.

"Next week, temperatures will be several degrees higher than usual and could possibly touch 20 degrees and higher.

"It is completely dependent on cloud and won't happen everywhere. Places near the sea won't be as warm," he added.

The late taste of summer is due to several factors, including an absence of rain, high pressure settling over the country and winds coming from a south or south easterly direction.

There will be also be some rain and drizzle, mainly in the west, and this could be heavy at times.

But tonight will see elements of our more usual weather, with heavy rain moving in from the west late in the day.

Tomorrow morning, the rain will develop in the west before spreading everywhere during the afternoon.

Met Eireann has warned there is the possibility of the weather turning extremely windy later on tomorrow and into Monday morning, with a gale warning in effect, although this depends on the activity of a depression as it passes close to Ireland.

Southerly winds will increase to gale force tonight on Irish coastal waters from Valentia to Erris Head to Malin Head, the met office warned.

It also issued a small craft warning for today, saying south to southwest winds will reach force six for a time on all coastal waters.