We put Spain in the shade with our tropical November
VALENTIA in Co Kerry was warmer than its Spanish namesake yesterday thanks to a mass of sub-tropical air that brought balmy conditions across much of the country.
The mercury rose to 17.3C on the island off the southwest coast compared to 16C in the Spanish hotspot of Valencia but there was definitely more rain in the Kerry location.
Still yesterday's temperatures failed to smash the hottest November record of 19.8C set in Valentia in 1989 but a November record was set at our most northerly point in Malin Head, Co Donegal yesterday which recorded a high of 14C.
Much of the country -- with the exception of some parts of Co Kerry which had heavy downpours -- enjoyed Indian summer-like conditions yesterday with temperatures averaging about 16C under mostly sunny skies.
The unseasonably balmy weather brought people to parks, promenades and beaches in their droves yesterday as they soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed the rich autumnal leaf fall.
The warm conditions are expected to linger today thanks to the sub-tropical air mass that moved up from Spain and North Africa over the weekend.
"The sea is still warm, for this time of year which helped," said Met Eireann forecaster Harm Luijkx.
Temperatures are expected to climb as high as 15C today with a mixture of sun and cloud.
It will be warmest in the west but there will some moderate to fresh breezes with occasional patches of mist or drizzle on some southern coasts.
However daytime temperatures will gradually return to normal -- averaging between 9-10C in the north and 11-12C in the south-west -- as the week progresses, he said.
But tomorrow will still be another mild day with a mixture of sun and cloud and temperatures hovering between 10-13C with light to moderate easterly winds. Some areas will get the odd shower tomorrow night.
Conditions will start to deteriorate by Wednesday as rain pushes in from the Atlantic, he said.
By Thursday, winds and rain will spread to all areas -- with heavy rainfalls in some areas.
But the good news is there is no cold or bitter temperatures forecast for the foreseeable future, which is a far cry from the situation around the same time last year when the country was blasted by exceptionally cold weather that culminated in snowfall on November 27 that paralysed much of the country.