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Saturday 3 December 2016

Here comes the back-to-school weather... Ireland set to bask in Indian summer

Crowds enjoy the good weather in Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Crowds enjoy the good weather in Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Our summer may have been a disappointing washout but there is consolation on the way in the form of an Indian summer.

A ridge of high pressure is set to take hold over Ireland from next Tuesday on, bringing with it settled, warm, dry and bright weather.

Met Eireann have said that next week will be 'warm, sunny and calm with little or no wind.'

The elusive Azores High, which ensures good weather for Ireland, is currently building up northwards towards Iceland.

But before we can enjoy this unexpected development there is unsettled weather forecast for the next few days.

Today we can expect good sunny spells in many parts of the country, with just some scattered showers near western coasts.

Showers will then become more widespread this afternoon, with occasional thundery downpours.

Temperatures will reach 15-17 degrees, with blustery southwesterly winds.

Tomorrow looks to be a similar day, sunny spells in the morning, then showers are set to develop in the afternoon.

Saturday will feature good sunny spells in the morning, but cloud will gradually build up and heavy showers will break out in the afternoon and evening.

Highest temperatures of 16 to 18 degrees.

Sunday will be a drier day with highs of 16 to 18 degrees in moderate southwesterly breezes.

Next Monday, August 31, marks the end of official 'summer' and looks set to be extremely wet with heavy rain in all areas.

But fear not, the end is in sight, and an Indian summer awaits.

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