Met Eireann predicts temperature change as ‘Azores’ system arrives in Ireland
As pubs and restaurants prepare to open for outside customers for the first time in nearly six months, the outlook is good for a warm holiday weekend.
Met Eireann has forecast three mostly dry days with temperatures sloping to around 20C.
A wet and rainy start on Saturday gave way to bright sunshine with the warmest weekend weather in the Midlands, East and North East, while holidaymakers heading West will feel slightly more fresh.
Siobhan Ryan of Met Eireann told the Irish Mirror: “The temperature range will be 14C to 19C, maybe 20C this weekend.
“Along the Atlantic coast, these temperatures will be more like 14C, 15C, 16C.
“The amounts of rain will be quite low, but we have frontal systems bringing rainfall. Saturday should clear up in the afternoon, you are going to have more sunny weather by then.
“The general conditions for the evening will be quite pleasant, dry, good periods of summer sun and the winds will also be light. “
Sunday seemed to be the best weather of the weekend with an entirely dry day in light southerly breezes.
Ms Ryan added: “You might, if you’re not lucky, run into a shower in parts of Leinster.
“Monday promises to bring plenty of dry weather again, isolated showers during the day and throughout the evening you might see damp drizzle weather moving across the Atlantic fringes.”
On Tuesday, temperatures will hover between 16 and 21 degrees.
It will be warmer in the east and the Midlands, with mainly moderate southerly breezes.
Wednesday will see highs of up to 22 ° C, as mini-heatwave conditions predict a lot of sun and very little rain.
Carlow Weather expert Alan O’Reilly said an “Azores high pressure” system could bathe the country in sunshine even in 10 days – but warned there was still uncertainty as some models show a low pressure system repelling it.
He said: “The latest GFS trends for the next 7 days are positive with increasing temperatures and very little precipitation.
“However, the last operational race wants to bring a low across the Atlantic and push back the Azores in 10 days. Maybe an outlier, we’ll see soon.”