Record temperatures for this year expected over weekend

Dry, warm weather on the way with sunshine almost everywhere, Met Éireann says

Saturday’s highest temperature ‘should reach about 27 degrees’, according to meteorologist Emer Flood. File photograph: iStock

Saturday’s highest temperature ‘should reach about 27 degrees’, according to meteorologist Emer Flood. File photograph: iStock

 

Dry, warm weather with sunshine almost everywhere is on the way, with the hottest temperatures so far this year due for the weekend.

That is the good news from Met Éireann which said high pressure is moving in from the Azores, bringing with it temperatures in the 20s and long spells of sunshine coming first to the south and east, but spreading north and west in time for the weekend.

Met Éireann meteorologist Emer Flood said Saturday’s highest temperature “should reach about 27 degrees”, setting a record high for the year, while Sunday is also likely to see a record temperature for this year.

The current high for 2021 was set on June 13th when a temperature of 25.7 degrees was recorded in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

Ms Flood said the dry spell will begin on Tuesday, with patches of drizzle fading out overnight. There may be some occasional drizzle remaining in the west and northwest on Wednesday as well as some cloud in coastal areas over coming days, “but by the weekend we expect it will be completely dry”, she said.

Change in weather

The change in weather conditions from the recent damp spell is set to begin slowly on Tuesday. Conditions will become sunnier in most areas except the western counties during the evening. Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 22 degrees in the Dublin area between 3pm and 4pm.

Wednesday morning will see some cloud and drizzle lingering, especially on northern and western coasts. The best of the brighter, sunnier weather will be in the east and south. Highest afternoon temperatures will reach 18 to 23 degrees, warmest along the south and east coast.

As high pressure builds over Ireland any cloud around on Thursday is expected to burn off as temperatures start to rise, to as high as 24 degrees in the southeast of the country. Light northwest winds should keep temperatures at about 20 degrees along the west and north coastal counties.

On Friday any residual cloud or patchy drizzle affecting northwestern coastal areas will dissipate with sunshine developing in all areas by evening. Maximum temperatures will generally range from 22 to 25 degrees, but it will be a little less warm along coasts with sea breezes developing. It will be dry on Friday night with clear spells.

Met Éireann said the weekend looks set to be dry and warm, offering the best of summer conditions to staycationers and visitors. Daytime temperatures will hit up to 27 degrees, but it will be a little less warm in coastal areas as sea breezes develop there.

Early next week: Monday looks set to be another dry day with warm sunshine but there is a trend towards more showery conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday.