Sunny days ahead but is the big chill loom­ing?

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS - CLAIRE FOX

IRE­LAND can ex­pect at least 40 sunny days this sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to New Zealand weather fore­caster Ken Ring.

Mr Ring, who spe­cialises in long-range fore­cast­ing by ex­am­in­ing lu­nar, tidal and so­lar cy­cles, said that a freez­ing win­ter is of­ten fol­lowed by a good sum­mer and that’s what Ire­land can ex­pect over the com­ing months.

He told the that from May 11-22, farm­ers can look for­ward to a two-week taste of sum­mer sun­shine.

“May 17 will be above 20°C but these types of days will come for four or five days at a time through­out the sea­son,” he said.

From May 28 and for most of June there will be wide­spread rain and un­set­tled con­di­tions but it will come right in the last week of the month with very warm con­di­tions.

The start of July will be wet fol­lowed by sum­mery weather from July 4-10 and patchy show­ers un­til July 20. The best spells of dry weather will be from the end of July will be from July 26-Au­gust 4.

Asked whether we’d get a heat­wave Mr Ring said: “It will be a nice sea­son with bursts of bril­liant weather and it will re­mind the older folk of the sun ex­pe­ri­enced in 1959 and will be a much bet­ter sum­mer than last year.”

Weather-fore­cast­ing Donegal post­man Michael Gal­lagher is also pre­dict­ing a good sum­mer, say­ing “the farm­ers are go­ing to be happy at long last”.

How­ever, the news from the pro­fes­sional cli­ma­tol­o­gists is chilling.

A new report from re­searchers at NUIG and the Univer­sity of Maine in the US spec­u­lates that Ire­land could be at the be­gin­ning of a cy­cle of much colder win­ters and far hot­ter sum­mers.

The re­search found that the Gulf Stream is at its weak­est in 1,600 years and that this weak­en­ing can of­ten lead to sud­den changes in sea­sonal weather pat­terns.

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