Long-range weather expert predicts 'warmer than average' summer for Kildare

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Long-range weather expert predicts 'warmer than average' summer for Kildare
14:28 Thursday 17th of May 2018

An expert at the Irish Weather Online forum of experts has forecast that Kildare and the east coast of Ireland will enjoy a 'warmer than average' summer this year.

Many people believe that a long, hard winter - including record rainfall levels and the biggest snow for almost 40 years - will lead to a good summer.

Prof Peter O'Donnell of Irish Weather Online on Facebook said that temperatures may be 1 or 2 degrees higher in Kildare and the East than the rest of the country during June, July and August.

The academic said: "Some parts of eastern Ireland are likely to enjoy a warmer than average summer as they join with Britain and other parts of western Europe in a very warm pattern that may dominate most of the season.

Higher temps in East

"Temperatures in the east may be as much as 1 to 2 degrees above normal and there will be a few spells of warmth bordering on actual heat (high 20s in other words).

"Western and northern regions of Ireland ... could have some decent spells of summery weather alternating with periods that are cloudier and wetter.

"This regional difference would be the result of a persistent southwest flow that brings frontal systems closer to western Ireland but often these will move north more than east, so that rainfall amounts would likely drop off from west to east.

"The summer season includes June, July and August for climatologists but the general public often think of the season as starting in late June and lasting into September.

"I think that version of summer might actually fare better since early June is the one time where cooler conditions are more definitely indicated.

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