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08th Aug 2016

Irish Summer Watch 2016: the weather will actually be pretty good this week

We'll take whatever we can get at this stage


If trying to decide what to wear on a typical Irish summer day were an Olympic sport, we’d all be challenging Michael Phelps for the gold medal tallies.

So far, summer 2016 has had more ups and downs than an escalator, so we’ve learned to just take every week as it comes. And this week isn’t shaping up to be too bad at all, at all.

Granted, today isn’t starting to well for some of the country, but things look set to improve later on.

The official Met Eireann forecast for the day is: “Generally a lot of dry weather today with sunny spells and well scattered showers. Good sunshine in parts this morning and once again this evening. Feeling fresher compared to recent days, in moderate occasionally fresh west to northwest winds. Highest temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees Celsius, best values in the southeast.”

Tomorrow will be dry with good sunny spells, but there will be some scattered showers and cloud cover. The southern counties look set to fare the best, holding mostly dry for the day. Highest temperatures will range from 14 to 18 degrees.

Meanwhile, the outlook for the week sounds positive, with the Met Office predicting for it to “become humid again later this week in mainly southwest breezes; mildest, driest and brightest across the midlands, south and east.”

There will be a few bumps, naturally. Wednesday is given to be generally cloudy with some outbreaks of rain and drizzle. “The rain will be heaviest across northern counties where it may turn persistent, but much lighter across southern counties, possibly even staying dry here with some sunny spells,” says the Met Office. Highest temperatures predicted to be 14 to 19 degrees.

Thursday should be mild and humid, and “many areas will hold dry with warm sunshine at times, patchy drizzle developing occasionally too, mainly across northern and western coastal areas. Highest temperatures will range 17 to 20/ 21 degrees”.

As for Friday, south Leinster and east Munster will get the best of the weather, with highest temperatures expected to reach 16 to 22 degrees. There’s due to be “fragmented” light rain across the midlands, south and east, but overall it should be “warm, dry and bright”.

Next weekend isn’t looking too shabby either.

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We’ll take what we can get.