Temperatures will rise to 24 ° C as the “highest of the Azores” settles over the country
Bring out sunscreen, t-shirts and barbecues as the long-awaited Irish summer is about to arrive with dry weather, spells of bright sunshine and mild temperatures of 23C or even 24C.
despite the risk of downpours, Ireland appear ready for Mediterranean-style conditions thanks to an area of high pressure from the Azores expected to settle over the country for several days from midweek.
The weather system is swept over Ireland by the jet stream – and will bring wonderful spells of sunshine, especially for Dublin and the east coast.
However, Met Éireann warned that restaurateurs and families planning barbecues will first have to be content with the clouds and drizzle today, which could last until Wednesday.
The best sunshine is likely from Thursday, although it will be increasingly hot and humid from tomorrow night, particularly on the east coast.
Met Éireann said it will be much warmer as this week progresses, although Atlantic counties will see a risk of rain showers.
“Most areas will be dry on Monday with sunny spells and a moderate southerly breeze,” he said.
“However, it will become cloudier in the western and southwestern coastal counties with patchy drizzle, followed by scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle in these areas in the afternoon and evening with the highest temperatures. higher from 15 ° C to 20 ° C. “
“Tuesday will again be mostly cloudy with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle, mostly confined to Atlantic counties throughout the day.”
Temperatures will hover between 16C and 21C again – with the best of the sun in the Midlands and the east coast.
“On Wednesday there will be outbreaks of scattered rain and drizzle which will become patchy throughout the day with flashes of summer sunshine gradually.
“It will be hot and humid, with maximum temperatures of 17 ° C to 23 ° C.
“Thursday will be hot, humid and windy with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle. It will be a little drier and brighter in the eastern half of the country.
“Friday will clear up to sunny spells in the afternoon, after a mostly cloudy start, but it will be a bit cooler with the highest temperatures ranging from 15 ° C to 21 ° C.”
Met Éireann said next weekend could see new dry and bright conditions.