Donegal basks in African weather front

Donegal is experiencing an Indian summer with people across the county enjoying unseasonable warm temperatures.The Met Éireann station at Malin Head recorded a temperature of 14 degrees yesterday but temperature at Finner Camp reached 15.5 degrees on Sunday.

Donegal is experiencing an Indian summer with people across the county enjoying unseasonable warm temperatures.The Met Éireann station at Malin Head recorded a temperature of 14 degrees yesterday but temperature at Finner Camp reached 15.5 degrees on Sunday.

Although the temperatures at the weekend are much higher than the norm for November, which is about 10 degrees, warmer November temperatures have been recorded in county. The record is 17.8 degrees which was recorded at Malin Head in 1997. The warmest temperature in the country for November was in Valentia in 1989 where 19.8 degrees was recorded.

The temperatures were high on Sunday across the north west with 16.2 degrees recorded at St. Angelo airport near Enniskillen and 14.2 degrees was recorded at Castlederg. In Co. Sligo temperatures hit 16 degrees.

The warm weather continued yesterday as temperatures of between 12 and 15 degrees forecast with Donegal expected to hit 14 again. Night-time temperatures have also been much higher than usual and has hit 10 degrees over the weekend.

Met Éireann weather forecaster Pat Clarke said the warm weather affecting the whole country was due to warm south easterly front coming up from Spain and North Africa. “It is very wet in Spain at the moment but we have not had the wet weather here,” he said. He said while rain is expected on Wednesday and Thursday when showers will move in from the Atlantic it will drier at the weekend. The unseasonable warm temperatures are expected to continue for most of the week and over the weekend, he said.

The warmest temperatures in the country over the weekend were to be found in the south where 17.3 degrees was recorded in Kerry on Sunday.