Sunshine at the beach

Sunshine at the beach

This weekend will see temperatures rise across Ireland with warmer weather than the past week and good spells of sunshine in most parts at times over the Bank Holiday. There will be some cloud around this weekend but the sun should break through in any place that see some cloudy spells.

Temperatures this weekend will rise between 14C to 20C. Warmest areas of Ireland will be Midlands, South and East where temperatures will rise between 17C to 20C  possibly 21C.

Across the western & Northern half of Ireland temperatures will average between 14C to 17C.

The UV index will be around 3 so there is a slight risk of sunburn around parts of the east and the south during the warmest parts of each day.

There will be little or no trace of rain on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with conditions staying dry.

On Friday we will start to see the start of the warmer weather arriving when temperatures across eastern parts of Ireland will rise to around 15C to 18C.

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Across England, Wales and Scotland it will also turn warm and sunny with temperatures rising into the high teens and Mid twenties between 17C to 21C in Wales, 17C to 24C across England with with the warmest temperatures there in the southeast and London area. Temperatures around most of England over the weekend will get into the low twenties away from coastal areas. 

Across Scotland temperatures will average between 15C to 20C over the south, east and central part of the country and between 9C to 13C over western and northern parts of Scotland.

Why is it turning warmer this Bank holiday weekend?

Over the end of this week and over the weekend the jet stream will move northwards of northern Scotland and over Iceland allowing much warm air to make its move nortwards. This will allow a area of High pressure then to build over Ireland and the UK over the weekend. Winds will be southwesterly in direction over this weekend.

The source of the warm air this bank holiday weekend is from the Azores region this is know as a tropical maritime air mass which comes from the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and Bermuda. The wind direction normally associated Tropical maritime is a south-westerly wind.