Ireland warms to a hint of summer

After a doleful winter, Ireland has suddenly sprung into summer sunshine and the good news is that there is more warm and bright weather to come.

Ireland warms to a hint of summer

Met Éireann predicts that the hot weather will be around until at least tomorrow and it may even last up until the weekend.

According to Met Éireann, the rest of the week will be mostly dry with mild weather as the high pressure system remains over Ireland.

In scenes reminiscent of last summer’s record-breaker, barbecues were exhumed from garages, the nation’s beaches were crowded, city parks hosted sun worshippers, and ice-cream vendors did a roaring trade as people took to the great outdoors for a few glorious days of sun.

Tiffany Ferncomb from Clonmel cools down on Youghal’s Front Beach yesterday.

The weather is set to be dry and warm during the week, with temperatures as high as 17C in some parts of the country.

Met Éireann said that the warm, pleasant weather was due to “an area of high pressure settling over the country” and would last until “at least the end of the week”.

“Expect dry, settled weather through much of the week,” said a Met Office spokesman.

Youghal's Front Beach.

“It should be in the mid-teens for most of the week, cooling down as the weekend approaches.

“It’s looking very good. The warmest parts of the country will be up to 17C.

“Today will be a mostly sunny day with top temperatures inland reaching 16C in the afternoon. Tomorrow, we see temperatures similar to that.”

However, some parts of the country will be affected by fog, particularly in the early morning.

Easter sun at Tramore, Co.Waterford today. Photographed are from left cousins Kate, Anne, Hannah and Abby from Kilkenny and Dublin.

Met Éireann issued an ‘orange’ fog alert for most of the east coast, and warned drivers to expect mist and fog each morning over the next few days.

“We’ve some very cold nights ahead so drivers should take note if they’re travelling in the morning,” said a spokesman. “It will take a couple of hours to lift each day so if you’re heading out early, be careful.”

Cloudy conditions are likely to develop in many parts of the country on Friday with some rain in parts and southerly winds will freshen also, making it feel cooler.

Dog-walkers and cyclists alike make the most of the fine weather in East Cork, which is forecast to last until Friday.

Looking to the weekend, Met Éireann predicts that showers will persist on Saturday morning but otherwise the day will be dry and bright with moderate southerly winds. These winds will strengthen on Saturday night and cloud will increase with patchy rain occurring.

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