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Make hay while the sun shines -- Indian summer is almost over

THOuSANDS swopped their autumn woollies for flip flops and ice cream as they basked in an Indian summer again yesterday.

The unusually warm and sunny conditions banished any thoughts of winter as people headed to parks and beaches in their droves to store up some much needed Vitamin D for the winter.

But enjoy it while you can as cloud cover and more changeable weather will slowly begin to drift in over the weekend.

Most areas will still enjoy sunny spells, but according to Met Eireann forecasters there will be much more in the way of cloud and grey skies about, with a risk of some showers over the weekend. It will gradually become cooler with temperatures dropping to a maximum of 13C over the weekend.

According to Met Eireann, cooler, showery conditions are in store from early on next week.

The sunny south-east lived up to its name in recent days by recording the best weather in the country -- with up to 40 hours of sunshine and unseasonably high temperatures.

Carlow recorded the highest temperature over the past few days, at 20.6C -- the highest recorded in the month of October since 1997. However, this still failed to beat the hottest ever October day which saw a glorious 25.2C recorded here back in 1908.

High temperatures were also recorded at Valentia station, which reached 20.5C and Gurteen in Co Tipperary, which basked in 20.4C.

The majority of regions around the country only experienced 10pc of rainfall which is expected for this time of the year -- between 2 and 7mm of rainfall was recorded over the last seven days in most regions -- except for parts of the North and the south-west which experienced a little more.

Irish Independent