Saturday 25 May 2019

Get out the suncream as mercury jumps - just don't call it a heatwave...

Keith Masterson and daughter Liz (2), from Knocklyon, Dublin, in Merrion Square. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Keith Masterson and daughter Liz (2), from Knocklyon, Dublin, in Merrion Square. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Allison Bray

The sun will make a much welcome return this week - but we can rule out any hope of a mini-heatwave, according to Met Éireann.

After a period of unseasonably cold weather over the past few weeks, a high pressure system will continue to build over the country in the coming days, said forecaster Matthew Martin.

The next few days will be warmer and brighter than it has been, but there is no need to dust off the lilo just yet.

"The temperature will be a few degrees above average for the next few days," he told the Irish Independent.

But it's not a heatwave just yet, although given the lower temperatures of late, it might feel like it, he added.

"It's a big contrast from the lower temperatures we've had," he said after a week in which the mercury plummeted to near freezing in some areas overnight.

Elise Fegan (3) from Dublin and her dog Mollie have fun in the sun on Dollymount Strand – and the nation is set to bask in even hotter temperatures for the rest of the week, according to
Met Éireann. Photo: Mark Condren
Elise Fegan (3) from Dublin and her dog Mollie have fun in the sun on Dollymount Strand – and the nation is set to bask in even hotter temperatures for the rest of the week, according to Met Éireann. Photo: Mark Condren

"There will be a good deal of dry weather, but it's certainly not a heatwave."

We can expect a warm, dry day today with spells of hazy sunshine and top temperatures of between 17C to 20C in most areas.

Those living in Connacht would get an even warmer day with temperatures possibly hitting 21C or 22C, he said.

However, offshore breezes will keep temperatures relatively cool along the south and eastern coasts.

Daytime highs of between 14C and 16C are expected for the capital and along the south and eastern coastlines.

Tomorrow will be much the same, with generally dry, fine weather for much of the country.

The midlands and north-west can expect the warmest temperatures as south-east breezes will continue to keep temperatures slightly cooler along the south and east coastlines.

Thursday will continue to be mostly dry with good periods of sunshine throughout the day, but the high pressure system will start to fade.

Low pressure will move in, bringing with it more cloud and the risk of scattered showers by late afternoon, especially in the midlands and west.

Temperatures will start to dip on Friday following a dry start to the day.

An easterly airflow would keep temperatures on the cool side, with highs of just 14C to 18C, Mr Martin said.

Rain will move in by afternoon, starting in the east and south and moving westward through the course of the day.

The weekend would see a return to cooler, more unsettled weather, he added.

There will be scattered showers on Saturday along with a mix of sunny spells.

But by Sunday, we can expect longer periods of rain with highest temperatures of just 14C to 16C.

Irish Independent

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