IT RAINS IN DUBLIN AND THE REST OF IRELAND
I had a bad today. I had planned to travel to Drogheda but because of heavy rain at about noon I decided to scrap that plan and have lunch at Eatokyo on Capel Street which I photographed as I walked along it.
I waited for the rain to stop and got a bus to St Anne’s Park but ended up in Raheny which is not far from St Anne’s park. However, after a discussion with two very nice ladies I decided to explore Dollymount instead but that did not go well as most of my photographs were blurred. It took me hours to discover that stabilisation had been switched off.
I also discovered that my Zeiss Batis created a purple smudging on a number of images when used with the Sony FX30. I noticed this before but thought that it was a one-off [however it also was on a rainy day].
What really surprised me was that for much of my walk along Dollymount beach there was not a person to be seen [actually I did see two people and three dogs].
There is no heatwave in Ireland at the moment because of the following reasons:
The current weather pattern is dominated by a low-pressure system to the north of Ireland, which is bringing in cooler air from the Atlantic.
The marine heatwave that was affecting Ireland in June has subsided, and sea surface temperatures are now returning to normal.
The average temperature for July in Ireland is around 15°C, so even if there was no marine heatwave, it is unlikely that we would see a heatwave in July.
However, Met Éireann has forecast that there is a likelihood of above average temperatures for Ireland over the summer season, so it is possible that we could see a heatwave later in the summer.
Here are some additional details about the factors that are preventing a heatwave from developing in Ireland at the moment:
The low-pressure system to the north of Ireland is bringing in cooler air from the Atlantic. This air is less dense than the hot air that would be associated with a heatwave, so it is less likely to rise and form thunderstorms.
The marine heatwave that was affecting Ireland in June has subsided. This heatwave was caused by a combination of high pressure and calm seas, which allowed the water to heat up. However, the seas have now become more disturbed, which is mixing in cooler water from below and causing the temperatures to drop.
The average temperature for July in Ireland is around 15°C. This is not hot enough to qualify as a heatwave, which is generally defined as a period of at least three days with temperatures above 25°C.