Cork people have been left gazing enviously at the capital over the past few days as the bulk of the heat wave has favoured some parts of the country more than others.
While Dublin and much of the rest of the country was hit with tropical conditions, parts of Munster have borne the brunt of the more cloudy conditions. That’s not to say it hasn’t been glorious, just not quite as glorious as in the rest of the country.
Indeed, it looks like the South will be coming off second best in the weather stakes for the rest of the week.
On Sunday, it hit 23C in the West, which normally gets the bulk of the rain. The same temperature was recorded in the northern part of the country. It was 21C in the East while the South hit 19C. The average temperature in Ireland on Sunday was a glorious 26C.
In fact, so hot was it at the weekend, the all-time heat record was nearly broken. A weather in Ardfert in Kerry hit 28.3C, agonisingly close to the all-time record of 28.4C.
Ireland is now up there with some of the big hitters in terms of the heat stakes getting above Egypt-level heat at the weekend.
The good news is the good weather is here to stay for at least the rest of the week.
According to Met Éireann, the heatwave will continue into the June bank holiday, at least for most parts of the country.
Once again, Munster looks like it might get the poorer outlook in terms of sun with the five-day forecast predicting that Cork could see cloudy conditions today. However, for the rest of the week, it looks like beer garden weather all the way.
After the disappointments of the last few summers, it’s about time.
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