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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Dubliners hot-foot it to sun spots as Met predicts city heading for heatwave

Dubliners turned out in force to enjoy the sun, sand, sea and ice-cream as well as taking in kite
and book festivals
Dubliners turned out in force to enjoy the sun, sand, sea and ice-cream as well as taking in kite and book festivals

Make the most out of the sunshine as the capital heads closer to an official heatwave.

Sun-seekers enjoyed a sizzling weekend across the country with temperatures notching 27C.

Parks and beaches were swarming with people basking in the summer heat, with barbecues and ice-creams in great supply.

In Dalkey, thousands turned out to listen to the some of the dozens of speakers who will be giving talks at the annual Book Festival.

Among those who caught some rays on the sunny south side of the city was former Miss World Rosanna Davison and British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg.

Scorching

Meanwhile, on Dollymount Strand kids from all over the county enjoyed the sun, sea and kite flying as the Dublin Kite Festival experienced a busy day thanks to the scorching temperatures.

Many more Dubliners keen to cool off from the intense heat headed to the iconic Forty Foot in Sandycove to make the famous leap into the sea in a bid to chill out.

Met Eireann said more dry and sunny weather is forecast for today with top temperatures ranging between 23C and 27C.

However, Connacht and Ulster will again not be so lucky, with temperatures in the north and west of the country not expected to exceed 19C.

Tomorrow will bring another day of sun with the mercury rising as high as 26C in the south-east, although north-easterly winds will make the day slightly cooler as it progresses.

Dubliners turned out in force to enjoy the sun, sand, sea and ice-cream as well as taking in kite
and book festivals
Dubliners turned out in force to enjoy the sun, sand, sea and ice-cream as well as taking in kite and book festivals

Liz Walsh, forecaster for Met Eireann, says if the weather stays above 25C for another two days then it can be classed as an official heatwave.

"A heatwave is defined as five consecutive days where maximum temperatures stay or exceed 25C," she said.

"It looks as if parts of Leinster and Munster are heading towards one but not all parts of the country have experienced high temperatures.

"We're definitely on the course to a heatwave but we'll just have to wait and see what the weather will be like today and tomorrow."

The Met Eireann spokesperson added that a northeasterly wind will make Tuesday slightly cooler compared to previous days.

"This wind will definitely bring a cooler temperature into Dublin at around 20C."

Dubliners turned out in force to enjoy the sun, sand, sea and ice-cream as well as taking in kite
and book festivals
Dubliners turned out in force to enjoy the sun, sand, sea and ice-cream as well as taking in kite and book festivals

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