Don’t throw out the sun cream and the unused travel BBQ just yet – this weekend is set to be a (relative) scorcher. In what looks like the last burst of sunshine we’ll see this summer, August’s final weekend is forecast to be a good one.
According to Met Eireann, the temperatures for the next few days will rise – with some areas hitting as high as 24 degrees.
But the best thing for all involved is that – despite the occasional (refreshing) rain shower – there will be sun!
Much of the midlands, south and east will hold fully dry for the next three to four days, perfect for anyone lucky enough to have a long weekend off.
Initially, temperatures will range between a seasonal 16 to 19 degrees (with moderate southwest breezes) but mercury will hit as high as 24 degrees as the weekend/early next week rolls on.
“The best of the sunshine will be on the east/southeast coast to begin and end the day [Saturday],” forecaster Siobhan Ryan said.
“Most of the showers will affect the north and northwest..we can expect some mist and fog patches too overnight.”
After a night of drizzly rain and temperatures of between 8 and 11 degrees, Sunday is expected to do more of the same.
“A mix of cloud and rather warm sunny spells, with light southeast breezes. Whilst it should hold largely dry, isolated light showers may develop.”
While Monday may be just that little bit cloudier, the weekend highs of up to 22 degrees will continue with brave bursts of sunshine throughout the day.
The warm weather is set to hang in there until late on Tuesday when the next band of rain is forecast to break the sunny spell.
North Leinster and the Midlands will remain the warmest (as high as 24 degrees) for longest with passing showers more likely across Atlantic counties.
Moderate to fresh southwest winds early next week will then do their best to blow away the last remnants of our Irish summer.