No lengthy heat wave, but temperatures to hit 20C
Temperatures are set to soar to almost double the monthly average for May over the next few days - but there will be no prolonged heatwave.
The miserable weather that has plagued most of this month will make way for sunshine and higher than average temperatures over the next few days.
Forecasters predict sunny spells to hit this afternoon when temperatures around the country will climb to 20 degrees, almost double the average May temperature of 10.9 degrees.
John Eagleton of Met Eireann said that “temperatures are up and they are staying up” but dismissed any rumours of a heat wave, saying rain is likely to return on Saturday afternoon.
“A of this morning’s showers should be gone by this afternoon when it should become dry and warm. I expect temperatures to reach 17-20 degrees and it should be nice and humid.”
“Tomorrow will also be good with temperatures around the country again hitting up to 20 degrees, but the great weather will be short lived as next week will be more unsettled,” he said.
He predicted that next week will be more broken.
“Next week will be reasonably settled but there will be patches of heavy rain around the country and it will be more broken.”
Temperatures so far this year have been varied, with the highest and lowest temperatures recorded just a month apart.
The highest temperature of the year so far was 24.4 degrees in Wesport on April 28th. It was the highest temperature recorded in the Co. Mayo town since 2003. Meanwhile, the lowest temperature of the year was -3.3 degrees, recorded on March 12th in Dublin.