We had a decent bit of hot weather in Ireland last week with temperatures rising to 27 degrees in some counties.
But will that mini heatwave blossom into something bigger this week? Or will it be lashing down again?!
Here’s the story according to Met Eireann.
Weather in Ireland this week
Expect a good load of cloud in the morning with some showers (mainly in Ulster).
The afternoon will be brighter and you can expect some sunny spells in the evening.
Highest temperatures: 16 to 21 degrees.
Tuesday is looking a little bit better than Monday.
It’ll mainly be dry with sunny spells.
Highest temperatures: 16 to 20 degrees.
Wednesday will be mainly dry and bright with some cloudy periods.
There’ll be plenty of sunny spells along with light to moderate winds.
Highest temperatures: 18 to 21 degrees.
It’s going to be cloudy in Ulster on Thursday.
The rest of the country can expect a mix of sunny spells and cloudy periods.
Highest temperatures: 17 to 19 degrees.
Northern areas will be hit with cloud and light rain before the weekend kicks in.
The rest of the country will be drier, with intermittent bright and sunny spells.
Highest temperatures: 19 to 22 degrees.
It’s looking like the weekend is set to be dry with a handful of scattered light showers.
According to Met Eireann, temperatures will be ‘Around normal or slightly above’.
Can we expect a heatwave in Ireland over the summer?
If you cast your mind back to earlier in the year, you’ll remember a load of talk about a heatwave and how we could expect Ireland to have its ‘hottest summer on record‘.
One of the reasons for this was a certain bookmaker cutting odds from 2/1 (down from 3/1) that there would be temperatures hotter than the 33.3C recorded in Ireland in 1887.
So, naturally enough this got people talking. And websites publishing clickbait heavy articles.
Have Met Eireann (or anyone else that are qualified to do so) confirmed/predicted this
I haven’t been able to find anything from Met Eireann confirming or denying this online.
Several articles refer to comments from a Maynooth geography professor, John Sweeney, who warned that the weather is likely to become more extreme over the next few years.
He said: “It’s likely to get progressively worse. We are going to see increased frequency in extremes in the years ahead. We won’t see them every year, we might not have repeats of this year, but overall it will happen more frequently’.
We live in hope!