By Nick Bramhill
Ireland’s ‘summer’ will begin next week but end abruptly at the end of May, forecasters have warned.
Meteorologists have predicted that the sunniest periods of the year are likely to occur before summer officially begins – between mid-May and the end of this month.
An updated long-range forecast from Exacta Weather has confirmed earlier predictions of a “colder and wetter” season, with just a few bursts of warm, settled weather between June and August.
But James Madden, meteorologist with Exacta Weather, said the country, particularly parts of the west and south-west, can expect sustained temperatures up to the mid-20s from later next week to the end of the month.
He said: “As we progress throughout the remainder of May, a more notable period of widespread and sustained warmer weather conditions is likely to develop, in particular from the middle part of the month.
“There will be lengthy sunshine for many parts of Ireland throughout this period, with warmer than average temperatures.
“This is likely to be a significant period of exceptionally warm and settled weather, which is likely to continue in to the start of the meteorological summer, which is the start of June.
“Parts of south-west Ireland and the west coast are likely to see temperatures ranging from the low to mid-20s for this period and these areas are likely to experience the sunniest weather too.”
However, Mr. Madden, whose team predicted last year’s record-breaking summer, said there was no change to the forecast he announced last month of a summer washout this year.
He added: “It will be a more near-average summer in terms of overall temperatures and overall rainfall amounts and possibly wetter and colder than average in some parts of the north and west, especially if the Jet-Stream decides to dominate with a more southerly track during the periods of expected warmth.”