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Laois to be as hot as the French Riviera as temperatures to soar this weekend

Mark Doheny perfectly describes how Laois all deal with the sunshine

‏Have the sunglasses, shorts and barbeques at the ready – as this weekend is expected to be glorious.

Temperatures could get up to 20 degrees in places this weekend – comparable to what is predicted in the French Riviera.

Admittedly, the warmest conditions are predicted for the west with the coolest in the east – but us here in the midlands won’t fare too badly at all.

A Met Eireann forecaster said: “Today will be dry and bright with spells of hazy sunshine.

“Another mild and pleasant day with highest temperatures of 12 to 18 degrees Celsius.

“It will be mildest once again in the west, with slightly cooler temperatures along eastern and southern coasts owing to onshore breezes.

“East to southeast breezes with mostly moderate in strength, stronger at times along the Munster coast.

“Dry tonight with long clear spells and light easterly breezes. Chilly with lowest temperatures of 0 to 5 degrees Celsius, coolest inland with perhaps a touch of frost in places.”

And things are set to get even nicer on Saturday.

They said: “Saturday will be a pleasant and sunny day, in light to moderate easterly breezes.

“Highest temperatures will range 13 to 19 or 20 degrees Celsius.

“It will be warmest in the west, and coolest along southern and eastern coasts owing to onshore breezes.

“Dry and mostly clear on Saturday night in just light easterly breezes. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees Celsius, coolest across Ulster.

“Another dry and mostly sunny day on Sunday. Highest temperatures of 11 to 18 degrees Celsius, in moderate easterly breezes.

“It will be mildest once again in the west and coolest along eastern and southern coastal counties with onshore breezes moving inland here.”

And the good news is that after a small spell of rain on Tuesday, the weather is predicted to remain dry otherwise next week.

They say: “Current indications suggest it will become largely dry again with a mix of cloud and sunshine and light easterly breezes.

“Coolest in the east and mildest in the west.”

Bring it on!

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