Temperatures in Donegal on Sunday exceeded those in some Mediterranean countries, with the mercury rising above the 20 degrees Celsius mark.
Met Eireann recorded a high of 20.3 degrees at Finner Camp Sunday while it was almost as warm, 19.9 degrees at Malin Head. The highest reading of the day was at the Phoenix Park in Dublin, where temperatures reached 21.2 degrees. On Sunday 22 degrees was recorded at Finner Camp.
“The last time we saw weather this warm during March was back in 2005, when temperatures hit 23 degrees,” Kenneth McDonagh of the Donegal Weather Channel commented.
Yesterday’s weather continued warm and sunny, but with a bit of mist and onshore breezes bringing the temperatures down a bit at Donegal’s coastal weather stations. It was 18 degrees at Finner and 16 degrees at Malin Head.
Kenneth says the good weather should continue right through the week, although nights will continue to be cool, with a threat of frost in the hills and sheltered locations.
“The winds will turn northerly on Friday, though, and bring cooler air over Ireland,” he warned. “There is also a chance of a drizzle for a time on Friday.
“Next week looks like remaining settled with cool and dry weather.”