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Fun in the sun Ireland weather: Sunshine here to stay for June bank holiday with 20C highs today

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A walker and cyclist enjoy the fine weather on the Bull Wall in Clontarf. Pic: Gerry Mooney

A walker and cyclist enjoy the fine weather on the Bull Wall in Clontarf. Pic: Gerry Mooney

A walker and cyclist enjoy the fine weather on the Bull Wall in Clontarf. Pic: Gerry Mooney

We're in for some sunny spells this June bank holiday weekend after May proved to be a damp squib.

It was finally beginning to feel like summer this week, but the month of May was cool and wet everywhere.

The last few days have seen glorious sunshine in places, but May was certainly a mix of weather with rain, thunder, wind and sunshine all thrown into the mix.

Valentia Observatory in Kerry recorded its wettest May since 2006, with 186pc of its long-term average rainfall.

Met Éireann released its overview of last month and reported there were “slow-moving troughs of low pressure over Ireland for much of the month."

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Cygnets hurry to keep up with their mother on a pond in St Stephen's Green in Dublin's city centre. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Cygnets hurry to keep up with their mother on a pond in St Stephen's Green in Dublin's city centre. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Cygnets hurry to keep up with their mother on a pond in St Stephen's Green in Dublin's city centre. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“This brought organised bands of rain across the country on several occasions, interspersed with showers, many of which were heavy, with numerous reports of hail and thunder throughout the month.”

June will see the country welcome largely warm and dry weather.

According to Met Éireann forecaster Liz Walsh, today will start off “pretty dull across the country, but it will brighten up through the afternoon”.

Temperatures will range between 14 degrees in the south to a balmy 20 degrees in the north.

Friday will see the mercury hit highs of 19 degrees, cooler in the west and southwest while Saturday is likely to see 15 to 20 degree highs, warmest in the east.

“On the weekend, on Saturday, it will start off dull in eastern parts with some light, patchy rain and drizzle which will clear away throughout the afternoon", Ms Walsh added.

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“There’ll be nice spells of sunshine then moving in through the west on Saturday.

“Then Sunday will be mostly dry across the country, just potentially the odd isolated shower. It’ll be the driest day of the weekend.”

Looking ahead to Bank Holiday Monday, mist and fog will clear away quickly for a dry morning with sunny spells.

But cloud will push in from the Atlantic with scattered showers developing, with the driest conditions in the east.

Met Eireann forecast highs of 16 to 20 degrees in light to moderate southwesterly winds.

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