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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Temperatures to hit 20C - but it won't be ideal beach weather

Sr. Anne from the Little Sisters of the Poor in Clontarf reading a book on Dollymount Strand during the warm weather
Sr. Anne from the Little Sisters of the Poor in Clontarf reading a book on Dollymount Strand during the warm weather
Dollymount Strand during the warm weather

Temperatures are set to hit the early-20s this week - just as most of the country gets back to work after a weekend of mixed conditions.

Last week's blue skies saw beaches and parks across the country packed as everyone made the most of the sunshine.

This Tuesday and Wednesday will see the best of the weather, but Met Éireann says it won't be quite as good as last week.

Meteorologist for Met Éireann Willemien Phelan says that it was unfortunate the break in hot weather took place over the weekend. This coming week's weather will be warm, but not ideal for beach-goers.

"After a break in the weather over the weekend, there's high pressure building again, but it won't be wall-to-wall sunshine. There'll be a lot more clouds than last week, which will break up the sunshine a bit, but there'll be very little rain," said Ms Phelan.

"Temperatures are going to increase to reach the early-20s centigrade, and there are some indications that it will be warmer than last week, at times, but the clouds will disrupt that a bit."

Bring your wetsuits to the beach, because sea temperatures across the country are still a bit too cool to go swimming, according to the Met Éireann forecaster.

"The sea temperatures are still quite cool, between 10C and 13C, and with it being warm on land, this will create a cold sea breeze, which won't be ideal if you're going to the beach.

"The sea is taking a bit longer to heat up, because we haven't had much sun so far this year to help it along," said Ms Phelan.

Met Éireann expects the temperatures to continue to pick up over the coming weeks as we get deeper into the summer months.

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