Saturday 25 May 2019

Sun will be in short supply as temperatures dip

Grey days: Revellers attend bank holiday events despite disappointing weather

Spring in bloom: Orinta Domele in a field of flowering rapeseed in Co Meath. Photo: Frank McGrath
Spring in bloom: Orinta Domele in a field of flowering rapeseed in Co Meath. Photo: Frank McGrath

Allison Bray

The sun might be in short supply but there are still lots of things to lure people out from underneath their duvets for the remainder of the May Bank holiday weekend.

Despite temperatures well below the seasonal average for this time of year, today should remain dry with hazy sunshine in the morning, according to Met Éireann.

But parts of the north and the north-west can expect outbreaks of showery rain with the odd isolated shower elsewhere.

The bad news is the mercury won't get much higher than between 9C and 15C today, with the warmest temperatures expected in the southwest.

Light and variable breezes will keep temperatures on the cool side as a "cooler-than-average regime looks set to prevail through much of this week", according to the national forecaster.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a few overnight showers. The mercury will also plummet to just 2C to 6C overnight before rain moves into the east and south tomorrow morning.

Rory Conway (5) with members of the 501st Legion Ireland Garrison in Star Wars costume on the streets of Portmagee, Co Kerry. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Rory Conway (5) with members of the 501st Legion Ireland Garrison in Star Wars costume on the streets of Portmagee, Co Kerry. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The cool trend will continue with daytime highs of just 9C to 12C with cold north-easterly breezes.

Another cold night is in store for Wednesday as well as overnight temperatures dropping to 1C to 5C.

There will be some sunny spells on Thursday, accompanied by scattered showers which could get heavy by the afternoon. But it will continue on the cool side, with highs of 9C to 12C.

The unsettled conditions are set to round off the week, with what is expected to be more wet weather moving up from the south-west.

Shiny happy people: Emily Hong, from New York, at the Riverfest Limerick village, on the banks of the Shannon. Photo: Sean Curtin/True Media
Shiny happy people: Emily Hong, from New York, at the Riverfest Limerick village, on the banks of the Shannon. Photo: Sean Curtin/True Media

And while it is too early to say "with any certainty", Met Éireann expects a gradual return to more seasonal temperatures by next weekend.

But the disappointing weather didn't stop hordes of thrill-seekers from attending the 15th annual Riverfest in Limerick over the weekend.

Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Shannon to watch as daredevils took to zorbs and zip lines across the river.

The party was also full swing in Bray, Co Wicklow, for the 20th annual Bray Jazz Festival which winds up tonight.

Fidget Feet Aerial Dance perform at the festival. Photo: Sean Curtin/True Media
Fidget Feet Aerial Dance perform at the festival. Photo: Sean Curtin/True Media

It featured such headliners as Grammy-award-winning guitar legend John Scofield and jazz pianist Fred Hersch, along with more than 20 gigs on the festival's jazz trail taking place at various hotel, bars and restaurants across the town.

There is still time to take in The Great Lighthouses of the World annual Shine a Light Festival at the Hook Lighthouse in Co Wexford, which finishes today.

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