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Nesting birds point to a higher chance of a hot summer in store

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Kerenza Barry (5) from Sutton enjoying a cone in Howth this week. The good weather could continue into the summer

Kerenza Barry (5) from Sutton enjoying a cone in Howth this week. The good weather could continue into the summer

Kerenza Barry (5) from Sutton enjoying a cone in Howth this week. The good weather could continue into the summer

Ireland could be set for a glorious summer, according to an old country tale about the implications of birds building their nests high in trees.

An old Irish saying indicates that when birds such as crows tend to build their nests in the upper branches of trees, a fine summer is imminent.

If the birds only build nests in lower branches, the summer will likely be wet, cold and windy.

Over recent weeks, farmers have noticed that birds are nesting in the higher reaches of trees - potentially indicating a repeat of the glorious summers of 2013 and 2018.

One Cork farmer said the trend was very noticeable.

"On the trees along my land, I'd say the new nests are a good 10 to 15ft higher than last year," Jim Clancy said.

Met Eireann, however, only deals with short to medium term forecasting - though the signs there are likewise very encouraging for families chafing under Covid-19 restrictions.

Sunshine

Ireland is set for five days of dry spells and good sunshine, said forecaster Linda Hughes.

"Today will be dry and sunny across most of the country, although some patchy cloud will develop in parts of Munster and Connacht during the afternoon and evening," she said.

"Highest temperatures will be of 15C to 20C generally, but a degree or two cooler near eastern coasts in a light to moderate east to north-east breeze."

"Tomorrow will be dry and mostly sunny. Highest temperatures will be of 15C to 19C but a little cooler along the east and south coast in a light to moderate east to north-east breeze."

"Friday will likewise be dry and mainly sunny with highest temperatures of 16C to 19C."

"Saturday is looking dry and sunny in most areas. It will be cloudier towards north-western coasts and also in the south-west during the afternoon where there will be some light showers. Cooler in the north-west under that cloud and in a northerly breeze, with highs of 10C to 14C.

"Elsewhere, highest temperatures will range between 15C and 19C, warmest in Munster and south Leinster.

"The current indications for Sunday are for dry and sunny weather, although it may be cloudy in the north-west at times.

"Cool in northern areas in a light to moderate northerly breeze, with highs of 10C to 13C but across the rest of the country highest temperatures of 15C to 17C are expected."