For the first time in about four years, Mediterranean-type weather is about to hit our shores.
According to the latest forecast, Ireland is due to bask in sunshine with temperatures approaching the 30s. Met Éireann predicts the recent balmy weather will build up to even better conditions, with lighter winds and temperatures hitting the mid-20s amid widespread sunshine.
And, if that’s not enough to put a smile on your soon-to-be-tanned face, the best is yet to come.
While a sprinkling of rain is due tonight in the north and west and for a time early tomorrow, dry conditions will develop during the day, and cloud will tend to break up also.
“Once this has happened,” says Met Éireann, “the week ahead will continue largely dry, with light winds and often with little cloud”.
It may be chillier on the coast due to onshore breezes. At night, fog will form inland, but who cares as the days will be glorious.
However, just so we don’t get too carried away, the State weather service advises that there is some risk that the midweek period will be cloudy at times, with the possibility of isolated showers.
For most places, though, temperatures will be above normal for the time of year, with Monday and Tuesday likely to see the barometer climbing into the mid to high 20s, particularly in the midlands and inland areas.
That will be good news for ice-cream sellers, and companies such as cider maker, C&C, which earlier this week reported lower profits due to unseasonably cold weather up to now, as cider is seen as a summer drink.
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