Country’s long, hot sizzle comes to an end

Grab your ice creams and sun screen while you can, because the baking heat is about to end.

As yesterday’s weather had the beating of some tropical parts of Africa — with temperatures reaching 27 degrees in some parts of the country, the next few days are to turn somewhat cooler.

In short, the midsummer heatwave is over.

That’s not to say it’s all bad. Today will start off a little wet but drier weather will spread to many parts and temperatures will hit a high of 22 degrees.

Met Éireann advised: “During the morning, showery outbreaks of rain will spread further eastwards and become persistent or heavy in the north and east with the risk of thundery downpours.

“A clearance will follow from the west with fresher and drier weather as northwesterly winds increase moderate and occasionally fresh in the north.

“Highest temperatures will return to more normal values for the time of year — between 18 and 22 degrees.”

Tomorrow, meanwhile, there are some sunny spells on the horizon, but it will stay cloudier in the north, with showers turning heavy or persistent for a time. The southwest is likely to get the best of the weather and stay mostly dry with good sunny spells.

Early next week is likely to be mainly dry with some isolated showers mixed with sunny spells.

Unsurprisingly, the last few days of tropical weather have seen ice cream sales soar.

Supermarket chain, Spar reported a record surge in sales, with Irish shoppers consuming a record 500,000 ice-creams from over 400 Spar stores across the country.

Spar’s marketing and communications director Suzanne Weldon said staff in the stores were working hard to keep freezers stocked.

“With the gloriously warm weather over recent days, people across the country are clearly embracing the holiday spirit as evidenced by impulse purchases.,” she said.


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