Belmullet in Mayo got the most sunshine of anywhere in Ireland on Sunday 4 months ago

Belmullet in Mayo got the most sunshine of anywhere in Ireland on Sunday

The west was the best place to be out of doors on a glorious day.

Fine days have been few and far between to date in Summer 2019, a very mixed bag on the weather front and certainly a far cry from the heady days of this time last year.

Sunday, however, was glorious across many parts of the country, with temperatures reaching the mid-20s and the clouds generally staying clear to let everyone get a much-needed dose of Vitamin D.

The west of Ireland, due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean amongst other factors, often tends to bear the brunt of the worst weather Ireland has to put up with, but yesterday it was the best place to enjoy the sunshine according to figures released by Met Éireann on Monday morning.

Belmullet, in the north-west of Mayo, enjoyed just under 16 hours of sunshine on Sunday, placing it ahead of Shannon Airport, Cork Airport and Valentia in Kerry, with in excess of 15 hours of sunshine recorded in all three locations.

A little over 13 hours of sunshine was recorded at Dublin Airport, while Malin Head at the tip of Donegal also enjoyed over ten hours of sunny weather on the day.

Alas, the best of the weather might have been and gone as this week’s forecast makes for less optimistic reading.

While it will remain warm with temperatures in the low to mid-20s on Monday, changeable and unsettled conditions are expected for the rest of the week and into next weekend.

Scattered showers are expected at times from Tuesday through to Thursday, with widespread rain expected early on Friday before giving way to brighter conditions during the day.

The early forecast for next weekend, meanwhile, is for a good deal of dry weather with sunny spells, occasional showers and maximum temperatures of 17 to 22 degrees.