Met Éireann reject reports that the hot weather will continue until October
The hot weather is ending...
Met Éireann have dismissed claims from UK forecasters that the warm weather spell which has hit Ireland and the UK this summer could continue as long as October.
While they're not saying the heatwave will continue, the UK Met Office said there is an increased likelihood of warmer than average conditions through the Aug-Sept-Oct period averaged across the whole of the UK.
The Met Office's three-month outlook was released this week and said: "For August-October, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average.
"The probability the UK average temperatures will fall into the warmest of our five categories is around 55pc. The coldest of our five categories is less than 5pc."
But this has been rejected by Met Éireann. Speaking to the Irish Independent, a Met Éireann forecaster said: "It doesn't make sense to me. You can't forecast that long in advance, a maximum of 10 days ahead.
"What I can see is only hot weather for [today] until the end of Tuesday, and then it's kind of over.
"High temperatures will occur in the south-east of the UK and we won't get any of it."
The Met Office's three month outlook is not a typical forecast, but rather an outlook designed to help planners in business and Government make longer-term strategic decisions based on risk connected to different weather scenarios.
It's not the first time Irish and UK forecasters have disagreed on something, In January, Channel 4 weather presenter Liam Dutton heavily criticised Met Éireann for naming Storm Fionn.
Dutton wrote on social media saying:
#StormFionn that has been named by @MetEireann shouldn’t have been named. It needs no more than a standard weather warning. It’s not even a low pressure with a storm centre, just a squeeze in the isobars. What next? Naming raindrops? It’s ridiculous!"