Hot stuff in Donegal

Donegal topped national weather charts for heat and sunshine several times during this stretch of unseasonably warm weather, Met Eireann reported yesterday.

Donegal topped national weather charts for heat and sunshine several times during this stretch of unseasonably warm weather, Met Eireann reported yesterday.

In another heat-related development, an Army Corps helicopter, fitted with a Bambi Bucket to dispense water, joined gardaí and up to six units of the Donegal Fire Service over the weekend in responding to gorse and forest fires that broke out at Glengesh. The fires have been brought under control.

Met Eireann has its Donegal climatological stations at Malin Head and Finner, and both recorded highs in recent days, the weather service reported.

The Finner station recorded 25.6 degrees on Friday, the highest that station ever recorded in the month of May.

“We had a lot of records set last Friday, particularly in the west of Ireland,” a Met Eireann meteorological officer said. Finner also recorded the highest temperature among Met Eireann stations nationally at about 4.30 pm yesterday, with 24.1 degrees.

The Met Eireann station at Malin Head recorded the highest degree of sunshine in the country in recent days, with nearly 12 hours last Wednesday and 14.8 hours on Friday. Friday’s high was shared with Belmullet, Co. Mayo. On Saturday, Malin Head again had the most sunshine in the country, with 15.8 hours.

There is supposed to be sunshine and bright spells today, but light rain and drizzle is expected in parts of the southwest and west of the country. Today’s highs should be about 18-21 degrees, according to Met Eireann, though it should be cooler on the coast.

Tomorrow will be sunny, though there will be a cloud build-up and the possibility of heavy, thundery showers through the afternoon and evening.

But Thursday should be fine again, and the rest of the week should be quite sunny and warm, though not as hot as it has been. Temperatures from the high teens to 20-21 degrees are expected.