Shark sightings point to top weather but cuckoos will seal the deal

FESTIVAL revellers nation-wide have been making the most of the brief bursts of sunshine — and there’s a lot more good weather to come, says one of the country’s best-known amateur forecasters.

Basking sharks have been spotted in Dingle harbour in Co Kerry and the dolphins are not yet playing, which all points to a very good summer according to traditional west Kerry weather forecaster TP Ó Conchúir.

However, it’s still a bit early to be sure we’re in for a scorcher and we’ll have to wait for the cuckoos to arrive later this month to be certain, he said.

“The wells are bursting with water and this is a great sign. If May isn’t right the summer won’t be good,” he warned before the start of the annual Féile na Bealtaine festival on the peninsula.

Basking sharks were spotted only 30ft from the shore line last week.

Completely harmless to man, the plankton-feeding sharks were spotted on top of the waves near Dingle Harbour and around the Blaskets.

Fishermen such as Seanin Johnson had told him the basking sharks, first spotted in early April, were always a sign of a great summer. The dolphins had not sported as usual, but it was difficult yet to interpret this, Mr Ó Conchúir said.

Festival-goers at the Heineken Green Energy Festival, the Kinsale Sevens and Waterford’s Hullabaloo and Féile na nDéise festivals have been making the most of the good weather.

And Met Éireann predicts another good day today, with those in central Ulster enjoying the best of the weather with temperatures hitting up to 18 or 19 degrees. The outlook for the coming week is mixed.

Tuesday will feature a mixture of sunshine and showers, heaviest in central parts and the south. Wednesday will be dry and bright; Thursday will be cloudier while Friday looks like being cloudy, cool and breezy.

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