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Saturday 3 December 2016

Midterm gets sweeter as heatwave to last until end of the week

Evlina Paliulyte (4) from Lucan with her dog Fiana enjoying the good weather on Portmarnock Beach, Dublin
Evlina Paliulyte (4) from Lucan with her dog Fiana enjoying the good weather on Portmarnock Beach, Dublin
(L to r) Elaine Ryan, Jiwan Samra & Aoife Boland all from Leixlip enjoying the good weather on Portmarnock Beach, Dublin
Layla Whelan 18 months from Carpenterstown enjoying the good weather on Portmarnock Beach, Dublin

MID-TERM break got a little bit sweeter as forecasters predict the warm spell will last until the end of the week.

Dubliners made the most of bank holiday Monday and the high temperatures, but children who have the remainder of the week off school are in for a further treat.

Forecasters have predicted that the unexpectedly good weather will continue due to an area of high pressure settling over the country.

Dry and calm conditions will continue for the next few days, as will the warm temperatures.

"It will be sunny with some warm light winds during the day but maybe a little bit cooler than normal at night time due to a lack of cover," Met Eireann forecaster Klara Sinkele told the Herald.

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In the evenings, temperatures may drop to between two and four degrees, which is just below average for this time of year.

For the remainder of the week, temperatures will range from 15 to 17 degrees, with coastal areas experiencing slightly lower.

However, make the most of the weather, because by Saturday it will be back to business as usual.

"From Friday, we will start to see outbreaks of rain and temperatures will start to drop," Ms Sinkele said.

"On Saturday we will see it really turning, with fronts coming across, and the weekend's weather will be very unsettled."

As the Easter celebrations in the capital wound down yesterday, thousands of sun worshippers took to the city's parks to make the most of the fair weather.

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But it was the lengthy queue for Dublin Zoo that dominated the Phoenix Park.

The break in the weather is welcome after what forecasters say was the wettest March in 21 years in some parts of the country.

hnews@herald.ie

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