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Dublin: 6 °C Monday 9 December, 2019
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Temps set to rise a little this week... but don't break out the BBQ just yet

Plus, there may be more of the sand making an appearance.

The rainfall radar as it looks right now
The rainfall radar as it looks right now
Image: Met Éireann

WE CAN’T PROMISE that there will be barbecue weather this weekend (though us Irish specialise in making the best of not-so-great situations), but you can expect the recent chilly temperatures to rise this week.

According to Eoin Sherlock from Met Éireann, we do have a flow coming from the Bay of Biscay and Spain, which tends to be mild or humid, and that will take the edge off the cold temperatures.

“Unfortunately for us, we have all these weather fronts embedded in the flow,” he said. “We will have rain every day of the week and maybe some thunder.”

We can expect temperatures of between 11 and 14 degrees over the next couple of days – maybe even as high as 15 on Thursday and Friday. Friday will be a mild day, but rain will push across the country.

Things will get colder from Sunday, but let’s not think about that just yet.

Sand

image(Pic: Barbara Scully/Twitter  - Used with permission)

Meanwhile, you might have noticed a fine layer of dusty sand on your car at the weekend, and as we found out yesterday, it had migrated all the way from the Sahara desert.

Can we expect more this week? Parts of the UK have begun experiencing the dust today, and Sherlock said that it’s likely there will be more sand whipped up from North Africa and brought here.

It travelled all the way here because normally we would get fronts in from the southwest, explained Sherlock, but over the past days they have been coming from the southeast.

He said there was more dust today after it got picked up in the airflow and ended up here.

“We have all these heavy bands of rain mixed in with the flow. When it rains, it drags the air down,” said Sherlock.

“Normally it wouldn’t come near us,” said Sherlock of the dust. “Maybe all the things are in alignment.”

Read: Lots of people woke up to find their car covered in sand this morning>

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