A warm & settled end to summer - 24th August 2021

The last full week of meteorological summer brings a spell of warm and largely dry and sunny weather across Ireland.

Explaining the reasons behind the warm and settled spell, Met Éireann meteorologist, Aoife Kealy, said: “The jet stream has been displaced to the far north of Europe allowing a large area of high pressure to settle across Ireland and keeping weather fronts and low pressure away from us.

“This means we’re going to see a warm, dry and settled week with temperatures reaching widely into the low 20s Celsius, with some areas possibly seeing 25 to 26 Celsius on Wednesday and Thursday.”

Analysis chart showing pressure and airmass from 00 UTC Tuesday 24 August

This week will also see long spells of late summer sunshine, especially across inland and western areas.  However, areas along eastern coasts will be cloudier at times, especially during the mornings and evenings as low cloud, mist and fog drift in from the Irish sea due to a light easterly breeze.

The sun is still strong in August and UV levels will generally be moderate to high this week, so follow the Healthy Ireland #SunSmart steps:

Healthy Ireland SunSmart Steps

Commenting on how long the warm and settled spell will last, Aoife, continued: “The area of high pressure will stick around until at least this weekend and even into next week, so it looks like this settled spell will take us into the early days of meteorological autumn, though indications suggest that temperatures next week will be closer to average, in the high teens or low twenties.”

Is this an Indian Summer?

An Indian Summer is a term sometimes used to refer to a spell of warm and calm weather in autumn months, usually September to November.  As we are still in meteorological summer, this current spell of weather is simply summer weather, with meteorological autumn starting on September 1.

Whatever the weather please follow the public health advice and help keep everybody safe from COVID-19.

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