Good news, warmer weather on the way for the weekend

Remember the sun? You might see it again at the weekend
Remember the sun? You might see it again at the weekend

After a truly miserable July, it looks like the weekend will bring a touch of summer at last.

Warmer temperatures could make a welcome return this weekend with the mercury expected to rise above the 20C mark.

Met Éireann said the mixed weather will continue for the coming days with scattered showers, mostly in the north and west.

Tomorrow will see some sunny spells, in addition to moderate west to south-westerly breezes and scattered rainfall.

But there will be plenty of dry spells as well, and temperatures will hesitantly move from "cool" to "moderate" by Saturday or Sunday.

Weekend highs of 21C, while still underwhelming for the time of the year, will offer some welcome respite after forecasters officially confirmed it was one of the worst Julys in modern times.

Met Éireann's review of the month showed it to be cold, wet and windy everywhere, with Claremorris in Co Mayo, recording its coldest July since 1965.

Meanwhile, Cork Airport, Johnstown Castle in Co Wexford, Mullingar in Co Westmeath and Shannon Airport all reported their coldest average temperatures for July since 1988.

Average temperatures were one degree lower than normal right across the country, with spots like Markree Castle in Sligo as much as 2.1C below the norm.

There was even a touch of frost on separate nights in both Mullingar and Athenry.

The best rise in the mercury came on the first day of July, when temperatures reached 23.8C at Mountdillon in Co Roscommon.

But the extremes of our weather were further demonstrated when the same location recorded the lowest temperature of the month with 3.1C on July 24.

Unsurprisingly, Met Éireann recorded July's rainfall to be above average right across the country, with Cork Airport recording its wettest July since 2009.