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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mini heatwave is set to continue

Hula Hoopers at St. Stephen's Green in The Summer Sun today, Emily Kelly, Ballsbridge and Jen Jones, Blackrock.
Hula Hoopers at St. Stephen's Green in The Summer Sun today, Emily Kelly, Ballsbridge and Jen Jones, Blackrock.
Enjoying ice cream at St. Stephen's Green
Sunbathing at St. Stephen's Green

This week’s mini-heatwave is set to continue for another day, but make the most of it – because thundery downpours are expected to take over for the start of the weekend.

Predictably, the start of the Leaving Cert has ushered in sunny weather, with some students taking a study break to enjoy temperatures which reached 20 degrees.

Adam Kavanagh, Conor Dunne and Hayley Fitzsimons were making the most of the sunshine after finishing their French exam, while Marlay Park and Dollymount Strand were packed.

The ice cream business usually takes off when there’s a hint of sunshine and Yasmin Khan of Teddy’s Ice Cream Shop in Dun Laoghaire said they expected to be rushed off their feet.

“When the sun comes, people like to eat ice-cream, so hopefully we’ll be fairly busy. It’s especially busy here in the evenings,” said Yasmin.

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However, Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke said that the warm weather won’t lasting much longer.

“There’s a lot of thundery weather around the Bay of Biscay, Spain and France, and that will eventually come across to Ireland, so it’s a bit of a pain for people who are off on Friday and Saturday,” he said.

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It’s not all doom and gloom though, as Met Eireann are predicting another mini-heatwave for the beginning of next week.

The wet weather expected for the start of the weekend may put a spanner in the works for a number of outdoor events taking place, including the Taste of Dublin festival, which begins today.

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