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Summer forecast sees "warm spells bordering on heat wave status"

Story by Olga Aughey

Friday, 19th May, 2017 2:25pm

Summer forecast sees

Irish Weather Online have just published its long range summer forecast for 2017 and it's shaping up to be not all bad for a change.

"I am optimistic that this could become a relatively warm summer with one or two warm spells bordering on heat wave status for parts of the inland southeast and central counties," said Peter O'Donnell of IWO.

While June may be generally cloudy and wet, the summer will truly get underway the second week of July.

"Once established, the warmer trend may last well into September," says Peter.

"The two key features of my outlook would be (a) warmth becoming dominant around mid-July and (b) generally an improving trend as we go through the season.

"I would say patience may be required and expect the best of the weather to fall after mid-July," he continues.

"There is some chance, as I think others have been saying, that the summer will be a very good one," he estimates.

"I am a bit hesitant to go "all in" on that because some analogues went in a different direction, especially in June. Whatever comes, I hope you enjoy your summer."

Looking ahead to the weekend, today and Saturday will continue cool and unsettled, with the bulk of the showers and thunderstorms occurring in the afternoon.

Highs for both days will be 13 - 15 degrees, dropping back to 3-6C.

Sunday will dawn a little warmer, with highs of 16 - 17 degrees, and showers later on.

Next week will be more settled with longer sunny intervals and highs of 17-19 degrees.

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