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Monday 18 November 2019

More sun on Way as Ireland outshines Tenerife

Valentina O’Byrne, from Rathfarnam, with Charlotte and Tristan Fox, from Glenageary
Valentina O’Byrne, from Rathfarnam, with Charlotte and Tristan Fox, from Glenageary

Temperatures soared to a balmy 22.1C in the Phoenix Park yesterday, leaving Tenerife in the shade at just 21C.

It was even hotter still on Saturday, when temperatures hit 22.9C at Oak Park, Co Carlow.

The good news is we can expect much of the same today, according to Met Eireann forecaster Liz Gavin.

"We will see some further warm temperatures today, so enjoy the sun while it lasts," she said.

A high pressure system from the southeast will see daytime highs reach between 21C and 22C.

People enjoying the good weather by jumping into the River Liffey on The North Wall Quay, Dublin
People enjoying the good weather by jumping into the River Liffey on The North Wall Quay, Dublin

It will be slightly cooler tomorrow, but still warm, with highs of between 17C and 20C.

Overnight temperatures will hover between 9C and 12C.

Much of the country will remain warm and dry over the next few days, although the south will become progressively more cloudy today with the chance of isolated showers or drizzle and cooler temperatures along the coast.

However, the mini heatwave which saw people flock to beaches and waterways over the weekend, will be short-lived, said Ms Gavin.

Conditions will take a turn for the worse on Wednesday when a low-pressure system will nudge out the high pressure that has kept Ireland warm and dry this weekend.

Showery rain will move up from the south, pushing temperatures back to more seasonal values, with daytime highs of just 10C to 13C.

"It will be very unstable by midweek," said Ms Gavin.

"Come Thursday, we could get some heavy downpours and thunder."

Meanwhile, the UK Met Office recorded Northern Ireland's hottest ever Easter Sunday, when the mercury hit 20.7C in Helen's Bay on the northern coast of Co Down.

Hayfever

The highest April temperature in the Republic was recorded on April 26, 1984, when the thermometer hit 25.8C in Glenties, Co Donegal.

While it may have felt like summer at the weekend, the weather was both a blessing and a curse for people with hayfever and asthma.

Tree pollen levels, especially birch, willow and oak pollen, were high throughout the weekend.

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