| 12.9°C Dublin

Oops! Car for sail

WELL it was nice while it lasted – but lower temperatures and rain are back on the horizon after our week of Mediterranean-like temperatures.

Forecasters say that today will be the last of the really good weather.

According to Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke it's "back to temperatures in the mid-to high teens for much of the week and rain from time to time".



Beaches all over the country were crowded yesterday as families made the best of the summer weather.

At one stage yesterday evening gardai were forced to close the Wicklow Gap/Glendalough Road and routes near Brittas Bay due to severe congestion.

There were reports of cars being abandoned near Glendalough due to the heavy tailbacks.

The N11 Dublin/Wexford Rd was also closed southbound at the exit for Jack Whites due to severe volumes of traffic heading to the seaside.

However, it must have been dreadful for the owner of the car stranded in the sand as the tide came in.

The drama happened at Duncannon beach, Co Wexford.

Elsewhere, the scorching weather saw barbecues and ice cream in big demand.

But now it's going to be more unsettled this week.

Pat Clarke said there would be a lot of dry weather today with hazy sunshine.



But the south and west in particular will experience a wet morning, and the rain will eventually make it to northern and eastern regions – although that could be later in the day.

And there will be rain tomorrow over the Dublin area.

He said that the hottest temperatures over the past week were in western areas, including Clare, Galway and Mayo, where they were in the 20s.

"Temperatures this week will be okay, but nothing compared to last week," he said.

"We will have some dry weather, but also some rain and showers.

"We have often had hotter weather in Jun. We had a week of wall-to-wall sunshine which we haven't had in a long time. We got a lot of sunshine, which has been quite welcome."

He pointed out that these are the longest days of the year in June, so if you get settled weather like we had, you can get the maximum out of the weather.

Temperatures next week will be mainly in the mid to high teens, representing more normal values for this time of year.