Summer weather to return after cool and wet July

Warm and dry conditions will dominate this weekend. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

This weekend will be warm and dry with good spells of sunshine, according to Met Éireann.

The national forecaster is predicting that early rain on Friday will clear as the day progresses to leave it dry and sunny in most areas later. The highest temperatures will range between 17 to 23 degrees Celsius.

Saturday will continue to be dry with good spells of sunshine and light easterly or variable breezes. Daytime temperatures will be between 20 and 23 degrees, though it may be lower along eastern coasts due to an onshore breeze, according to Met Éireann.

It will stay dry and clear on Saturday night with minimum temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees.

Met Éireann is forecasting a dry day on Sunday with a mix of cloud and sunny spells. It will be warm with afternoon highs generally between 20 and 24 degrees, but perhaps a degree or two lower along the east coast.

Overnight on Sunday it will be mainly dry apart from an isolated light shower along east and northeast coasts. Mild with lowest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees.

The warm weather will be welcome after spells of cool and wet Atlantic weather dominated last month.

According to Met Éireann's monthly climate report, July was notable for just six days of “dry, pleasant weather”, while the month had above average rainfall everywhere, below average temperatures, below average sunshine and gale force winds.

The month’s wettest day was recorded at Valentia Observatory, Co Kerry with 54.5mm on Wednesday 29th, its wettest July day since 1940.

Dublin Airport had its dullest July for 34 years with a total of 104.2 hours of sunshine.