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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Sky set to be as Blue as the Hill with Dubs fans in for a scorcher

GAA fans are set to be treated to a summer sizzler tomorrow in Croke Park as Dublin take on Kildare.

The rivalry between the two teams will be re-ignited in what will be a buzzing stadium.

Tens of thousands of supporters from both sides will pack into the stands for the biggest game of the Championship season so far.

The Leinster football semi-final will give the Sky Blues a chance to showcase their All-Ireland credentials, while the Lilywhites will also be desperate to land some silverware.

Having overcome Meath in the previous round, Kildare will not be short on confidence either.

Manager Kieran McGeeney knows, however, that they can't afford a similar number of wides against Dublin if they want to progress.

And with hotshot Eoghan O'Gara returning to the side, the boys in blue won't be short on firepower.

Dublin have been installed as favourites at 8 to 15, while the bookies are giving 2 to 1 odds on Kildare. Punters can chance a draw at 15 to 2.

In the other Leinster semi, Carlow will take on Wexford at 2pm.

Met Eireann is predicting barbecue weather for tomorrow, so fans would be advised to stock up on sun cream.

Forecasters say tomorrow's sunshine will be over Dublin, the East, Midlands and South East.

And temperatures could climb as high as 22C.

Sadly, it seems it will be the exception rather than the rule with our cloudy summer showing no sign of giving way to a more settled spell.

While the south east of England is set for a heatwave and much of Europe basks in hot sunny weather, Ireland will continue to languish on "the wrong side" of a weather front, a Met Eireann forecaster told the Herald today.

This weekend will be mild and even warm in places with clouds retreating tomorrow in the East, South and Midlands to give some sunny spells tomorrow. The West and North will remain overcast tomorrow with more patchy rain or drizzle.

Good dry intervals today were expected to develop in many parts of the east and south, with some warm sunshine breaking through later. Most of the west and north will stay cloudy with patchy rain.

It is expected to be mainly dry tonight in most parts of the country with clear spells, but remaining cloudy over western and northern parts with some drizzle or patchy rain. It will be mild with some mist and fog.

Met Eireann expect a cool week ahead with mixed weather. Sunny spells will develop each day, but there will be showers as well.

However, large amounts of rain are not expected. Outbreaks of rain will clear eastwards on Sunday night and clear spells over the west will spread to all areas.

It will be cooler everywhere on Monday with highest temperatures around 18C. It will be mostly dry and good sunny spells will develop in many areas. There may be a few showers in the east later on Monday.

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