Cork Braces for Dramatic Weather Shift as Heat Dome Approaches
After weeks of seemingly non-stop rain, it’s easy to forget the scorching start we had to summer here on Leeside but now weather experts say Cork could see a dramatic swing. Things are looking mostly dry for us this week, with Met Eireann’s latest forecast predicting some scattered showers – mostly tomorrow and towards the weekend – and cloudy skies with occasional sunny spells over the next few days.
Temperatures today will peak at 20C in the late afternoon before heavier clouds roll in come nightfall, but thankfully it looks like we’ll avoid further rain until early tomorrow morning. Between overcast skies and some mild weather, this week’s forecast is nothing to write home about – but things are looking promising for a dramatic shift in Cork temps soon.
James Peacock, Head Meteorologist at MetSwift has warned of an ‘intense heat dome’ making its way across Western Europe. The latest reports say it could hit the UK and Ireland by the middle of next week and it’s not the only weather phenomenon that could swing conditions here on Leeside. Three new storms are currently brewing in the Atlantic Ocean: Franklin, Gert and Emily. Whilst they will not reach our shores, they may have an ‘indirect’ effect on our weather.
Weather expert Alan O’Reilly said: “While Hurricane Hilary brings flash floods to California the Atlantic season has really picked up now with three named storms in a row. While none are expected to head our way they can influence our weather indirectly.”
The peak Atlantic storm season stretches from 1 June to 30 November where cyclones are most likely to develop in the North Atlantic Ocean.
For now, we can expect more of the typical Irish weather as we hope for the final spell of proper summer weather before the end of August. You can find the full regional forecast for Munster below.
Today will bring bright or sunny spells and scattered showers. There will be good dry intervals also, especially in east Munster. Highest temperatures of 17 to 21 degrees, warmest in the east, with moderate westerly breezes.
Tonight will become mostly cloudy. Outbreaks of rain and will develop in the southwest towards midnight and will spread and spreading across much of Munster by morning, but mainly affecting the southern half of the region. Lowest temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees with light southerly or variable breezes.
Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain Highest temperatures of 18 to 20 degrees with mostly light southwest breezes.
OVERVIEW: Changeable with showers, but overall a good deal of dry weather too. Becoming a little cooler and fresher.
Any rain or drizzle in Munster and Leinster will clear to the southeast. There will be good clear spells and some isolated showers in the west and north. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees with light westerly breezes.
Will bring a good deal of dry weather with sunny spells and some showers, these mainly in Connacht and Ulster. Highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees with light or moderate westerly winds. Thursday night will be dry apart from a few isolated showers. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees with light westerly or variable breezes.
Will be bright with sunny spells and scattered showers. Highest temperatures of 17 to 20 degrees with light to moderate northwest breezes.
Will be mainly dry with sunny spells and a few light showers, these most likely in Connacht and west Ulster. Highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees with light to moderate north to northwest breezes.
Will be mainly dry also. However, it will be somewhat cloudier with some patchy light rain or drizzle in places. Highest temperatures of 19 to 19 degrees with light westerly breezes.