Wednesday 23 May 2018

It's the hottest April in 15 years - but don't wait another second and make the most of today

Shadow, the Weimaraner, pictured enjoying an ice cream this afternoon in the Phoenix Park Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Shadow, the Weimaraner, pictured enjoying an ice cream this afternoon in the Phoenix Park Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Edel Burke and her husband, Aidan from Leitrim with their children, Ellen (2 1/2) and Hayley (6mths) pictured this afternoon in the Phoenix Park enjoying the first heat and sunshine of 2018..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Vinny Everett from Lucan and his daughter, Sorcha (4) pictured this afternoon in the Phoenix Park enjoying the first heat and sunshine of 2018..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Donkeys enjoying the sunshine in Galway Photo: Eimear O'Connor

Ian Begley and Denise Calnan

IF you haven’t taken advantage of the hottest April in 15 years yet don’t hold off for another second as temperatures are set to drop from tonight.

Droves of sun worshippers crowded the nation’s beaches, parks and beer gardens yesterday, as temperatures reached a high of 18C.

Dublin’s Phoenix Park and Cork’s Moorepark saw the highest recorded temperatures, both reaching mercury levels of 17.9C.

Met Éireann forecaster Harm Luijkx told the Irish Independent that today will see highs of up to 19C. But showers will roll in from the west.

Vinny Everett from Lucan and his daughter, Sorcha (4) pictured this afternoon in the Phoenix Park enjoying the first heat and sunshine of 2018..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Vinny Everett from Lucan and his daughter, Sorcha (4) pictured this afternoon in the Phoenix Park enjoying the first heat and sunshine of 2018..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

"Temperatures will then drop significantly tomorrow to about 10C-13C," he said.

Sunday will also bring sunny spells with scattered blustery showers.

Donkeys enjoying the sunshine in Galway
Photo: Eimear O'Connor
Donkeys enjoying the sunshine in Galway Photo: Eimear O'Connor

The further outlook for the early days of next week is for cool, fresh westerly breezes with sunny spells and scattered passing showers, some of which will turn heavier into Tuesday.

It comes after Met Eireann launched a new app showing seven-day forecasts for the entire country

Edel Burke and her husband, Aidan from Leitrim with their children, Ellen (2 1/2) and Hayley (6mths) pictured this afternoon in the Phoenix Park enjoying the first heat and sunshine of 2018..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Edel Burke and her husband, Aidan from Leitrim with their children, Ellen (2 1/2) and Hayley (6mths) pictured this afternoon in the Phoenix Park enjoying the first heat and sunshine of 2018..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

At the launch Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said: "As a nation, we are obsessed with the weather.

"We are constantly talking about it.

"We are interested in what is going to be happening.

"Vitally [with the app] you will also be able to see the latest weather warnings for your county."

Head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack said: "I've worked at Met Eireann over 30 years, and the change has been incredible, which is due to our improved meteorological models."

She went on to describe the app as the "best forecast in the world".

Reporting on RTE Radio One this morning, forecaster Joanna Donnelly said there is a signal of some wet weather to come next week.

"Sunday will be a day of sunshine and showers, mostly in the west and north," Ms Donnelly said.

"Temperatures are still a little higher for this time of year, but it will feel cooler than the last few days.

"Sunday night will be largely dry. Monday will be mainly dry for much of the country, some showers may establish early in the west and become widespread.

"Temperatures will be between 12 and 15 degrees.

"The showers will die out on Monday, it'll be dry overnight but there is a signal for some wet weather to develop in the south on Tuesday, but it will be mostly, largely dry."

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