Tuesday 12 December 2017

Wind and rain to give us the first taste of autumn

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

LONG summer evenings are drawing to a close as wind and rain is set to sweep across the country over the coming days.

Forecasters have said that temperatures will continue to be "cooler than normal" this weekend, with showers of rain and strong winds expected in parts.

And Met Eireann's Joan Blackburn explained that there is currently an area of low-pressure over the north of Scotland, which may be responsible for the colder conditions.

"It will be a cool and breezy weekend. There is likely to be a lot of cloud, particularly in the north-west," Ms Blackburn said.

"There will be some showery rain at times, particularly in the north and north-west. Elsewhere, there won't be that much in the way of rain.

"But, I don't think it is going to be a very pleasant weekend overall. I say the south and east will fare best. Temperatures are cooler than normal. It is breezy - windy, in fact, at times."

The forecaster added that this cooler period may even stretch in to the early part of next week, but added: "That's not to say things don't improve".

The "below normal temperatures" will range between 15 and 17 C, but may climb to 18C in parts of the country.

The south is expected to fare best in this cold spell, which is good news for the thousands of revellers who will make the pilgrimage to Kerry for the 55th annual Rose of Tralee festival.

The live selection nights will be broadcast during the week, but the festivities have already kicked off and the Rose Ball was held last night.

The Fleadh Cheoil will draw to a close in Sligo after a nine day run. This is the second weekend of the festival and is understood to have attracted 400,000 visitors to the western county.

And the first weekend of the HSE Community Games National finals are also being held in Co Westmeath.

Irish Independent

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