The “quite summery” weather is set to last for the next few weeks, Met Éireann has confirmed.
Today, the weather temperature will range from 17 to 20°C and the next few days will see little variation.
“The weekend, obviously, will be beautiful everywhere and tomorrow, a little bit cloudier on Sunday,” Met Éireann Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack told The Pat Kenny Show.
“So, Saturday’s actually the better day [with] the temperature 17 to 21.
“Sunday a little bit cooler and north westerly.”
June 1st is the first day of summer meteorologically and Met Éireann’s monthly forecast expects the sunshine to last.
“It looks like, from our modelling, that the first week in June looks pretty good,” Ms Cusack said.
“An easterly airflow, dry, good sunshine.
“Even for the second week of June, we’d be reasonably certain there’s going to be an easterly airflow coming in from the continent as opposed to from the Atlantic.
“Really, it looks quite summery for the next two weeks, if that’s a good guide.”
Ms Cusack also cautioned that even though this weekend is still technically spring, it is avisable to start wearing sunblock.
“The sun index is six now,” she said.
“So, at the peak of the summer in Ireland - 21st June into all of July - it’s seven to eight.
“But you can burn at the moment and typical burn time is, for very pale skin, about half an hour to an hour.
“People think high noon is at 12 but actually high noon in Dublin is 1.20pm and in Clifden it’s 1.40pm.
“So, the high burn times are between 11am and about 3pm.”
Earlier this month, scientists concluded the earth is likely to warm 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2027 and Ireland is on course to experience a ‘Mediterranean-style’ climate.
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