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Weather: Northern Ireland to bask in October Indian summer

tBy Nick Bramhill

Northern Ireland is set for a final burst of prolonged sunshine and soaring temperatures, after weather experts |predicted the Indian summer will extend up to mid-October.

Forecasters said high |pressure will build across the country again next week, |putting Autumn on hold and leading to what is likely to be the last spell of unseasonably summery weather of the year.

But meteorologists urged people to make the most of the anticipated stretch of unbroken sunshine, warning that temperatures will start to plummet in mid-October with frosts and above-average rainfall predicted for the remainder of autumn.

James Madden, |meteorologist with Exacta Weather, said: “High pressure is likely to build in from the south of the island of Ireland in the early part of October.

“This is likely to bring some further Indian summer-type weather and mild to warm |conditions within this period for several days at the very least, in particular in southern and eastern parts of the |country.

“Although some areas will still be at risk of seeing some rain and showers at times, some further drier weather and |decent spells of sunshine are likely to develop once again.”

But he warned: “The middle part of October, possibly a little earlier, will see a major reversal of these mild and settled |conditions. Low pressure will become a more dominant feature and conditions will become largely unsettled, with above-average rainfall amounts across many parts of Ireland.

“It will also begin to feel markedly cooler, particularly in the evenings when the first major frosts of the autumn could begin to develop.”

He added: “The unsettled theme is likely to persist into November, but with an even cooler edge to affairs as frosts and frequent fog patches begin to develop at times.

“A number of deep low pressure systems are also likely to bring some further periods of strong winds and high precipitation. There is also the risk for some wintry showers to develop within this period, most notably across higher ground in parts of the north, but not necessarily be restricted to these parts.”

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