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Friday 9 December 2016

Temperatures to hit 20C by Wednesday

Kealan McNally-Matthews [4] from Dundalk shows his brother Tiernan [1] who to make a sand castle on the beach in Blackrock, Co Louth
Kealan McNally-Matthews [4] from Dundalk shows his brother Tiernan [1] who to make a sand castle on the beach in Blackrock, Co Louth

Summer will finally hit the country this week - but it will only last a couple of days.

Temperatures are expected to reach the 20C mark in places, come Wednesday, but don't rush to get your bucket and spade out just yet.

Met Éireann is reporting next to no rain for the entire week, and conditions are expected to heat up as the week goes on.

Wednesday is forecast to be the hottest of the lot, with clear sunny spells in store.

However, Met Éireann meteorologist Joanna Donnelly is not recommending the beach to those lucky enough to have time off work. Breezes along the coasts will increase the chill factor, so the best weather will be inland.

"If you're taking a day off work during the week, make it Wednesday. It should hit 20C somewhere around the middle of the country.

"We've got onshore sea breezes that bring cold winds coming off the coast. So really if you're looking to go to the beach, you should go to the continent," she said.

Today's weather will be very similar to yesterday, while tomorrow is to get slightly warmer again, but it is still a bit below the temperatures that June usually brings, according to Met Éireann.

"It's looking good. Monday will be a replay of Sunday really, we'll have highs of 14C-16C, but at this time of the year, it should really be 16C-18C," said Ms Donnelly.

"It'll be a lot better than last week though, and will generally get warmer each day and reach usual June temperatures."

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