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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Warm week ahead as summer refuses to give way to autumn

Don't pack away those T-shirts, shorts or barbecues just yet, it's going to be hot

We may be kicking up autumn leaves, but get ready to bask in summer heat this weekend as the mercury climbs again.

Don't put the barbecue away just yet, because temperatures are destined for the high teens today and the balmy conditions are set to continue right into next week.

While no heatwave records will be broken, it will certainly be much warmer than normal for the last few days of September.

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Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said the unseasonable weather is due to a warm front moving in today.

It may be a bit cloudy initially, especially in the west and south, but "it should brighten up at times, particularly in the east", she said.

Despite a few patches of drizzle and south to southwesterly winds, today's top temperatures will reach up to 20C, with sunshine in some parts.

It should make for prime conditions for the All-Ireland senior hurling final replay at Croke Park.

Tonight will bring mist but it will still be mild, and although tomorrow will start off cloudy the temperatures will be similar to today's, with bright spells in the midlands and the east.

Monday promises to be another dry, mild day with sunshine as the higher-than-usual temperatures continue.

Tuesday will also be dry and bright with a few isolated showers in the west which will gradually cross the country.

"In the past week temperatures were between one and two degrees above normal. In the coming week they will be above normal too," said Deirdre.

Ireland is not the only country with an extended summer.

The UK is also looking forward to a mini-heatwave this weekend, with temperatures there expected to climb as high as 23C, but it could feel as hot as 27C because of the humidity.

Long-range forecasts say Britain could be in for above-average temperatures until the end of November.

csheehy@herald.ie

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