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Friday 9 December 2016

Is Ireland set for a slice of Britain's heatwave next week?

Enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures at Sandycove, Dublin this afternoon
Enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures at Sandycove, Dublin this afternoon

IRELAND could be set to enjoy the hottest week of the year so far next week.

The British Met Office has warned temperatures across the Irish sea could reach 30C in the latter half of next week.

While Met Eireann has said temperatures that high are unlikely here, it is possible we are in for the hottest week of the year so far.

Britain looks set to bask in hot summer sunshine, it is possible weather systems over the Atlantic could spoil our chances.

British Met Office forecaster Steven Keates told The Telegraph: "There's the potential for a heatwave next week. It does look like continental Europe is going to turn increasingly hot.

"There's a high chance of some of that hot air drifting our way and high temperatures, particularly across southern Britain.

"This does bring the risk of thunderstorms and it will be humid. So it's not necessarily a pleasant heat - not everyone likes it.

"There's a period in the second half of next week where there's a chance we will be knocking on the door of 30C or so. Proper summer warmth.”

The picture here is less clear however.

Met Eireann said: “There’s still some uncertainty surrounding next week.

“Weather systems with bands of rain will be approaching from the Atlantic, but the high pressure in the east may keep most of the rain off our western shores.

“If this happens, there should be a good deal of dry, warm weather – with temperatures above normal.”

However if the weather systems over the Atlantic manager to make landfall, next week could be a washout.

“If the fronts manage to break through, with humidity high, some heavy rain fall is possible at times.”

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