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Sunday 19 November 2017

Ireland avoids 'Heatwave Lucifer' but forecasters say there's wet and showery days ahead

People cool off in the Cijevna river near Tuzi as a heatwave hits Montenegro. REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic
People cool off in the Cijevna river near Tuzi as a heatwave hits Montenegro. REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic

Claire Fox

With heatwave Lucifer causing temperatures to soar across Europe, there's no chance that Ireland will receive the tail end of any of that heat.

Met Éireann Forecaster, Liz Walsh told Independent.ie that the record breaking temperatures of over 40C that European countries are experiencing will not hit Irish shores and that, in fact, our temperatures are currently lower than average.

She said: "Our weather is coming from the Atlantic and Greenland at the moment, so temperatures are cooler than average. Temperatures at this time of year are usually the low twenties, but they're currently mid to high teens.

"I doubt even the UK will experience any of the heat that mainland Europe is getting. France and Germany seem to be the dividing line."

Italy, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia have all issued red weather warnings. Ms Walsh said that it's not yet known if this temperature increase is connected to global warming.

"It's difficult to know. In the long-term it could be to do with climate change but it is summer after all and temperatures do tend to be hot in Europe at this time of year."

Ireland's Bank Holiday weekend will see today's showers turn into more prolonged periods of rain across the country tomorrow. 

"It's very changeable, there's a cool air mass coming toward Ireland at the moment, so it'll be wet and showery for the next few days," she added.

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