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Ken Ring’s look-ahead for Ireland until December

The rest of summer is likely to be dull, with a warmer August expected, according to long-range weather forecaster, Ken Ring.

The autumn months will be wetter, warmer, and sunnier than normal, while winter will start dry, he explained to That’s Farming.

Ring claims he uses the cycle of moon orbits to predict long-range weather forecasts.

He provided this publication with the following week-by-week timeline:


1st week: Some showers may be heavy, and thunderstorms bring localised flooding in northern areas. Becoming mostly dry and sunny, as low-pressure becomes established to the west. Moderate west to north-westerly winds will keep temperatures near or below normal.

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2nd week:  Mainly cloudy with showers, heaviest in western counties. (Over the next four weeks, cool and wet for most, dull except in the north.)

3rd week: Weather is dominated by wet frontal systems that move west. Mostly cloudy conditions, daytime temperatures below normal. Thundery showers likely at end of this week.

4th week: Mostly dry and warm with light winds as anticyclone develops over the country. Weak fronts bring patchy light rain. Relatively sunny at first, then becoming cloudier.


1st week: A return to more unsettled conditions, with outbreaks of rain over the northern half of the country and small amounts in the south. Temperatures near normal. In midweek, a wet frontal system crosses to the west before returning eastwards. Mostly dull, humid, and mild, with heavy rain at end of the first week.

2nd week: A slow-moving frontal system over Leinster and Munster brings heavy falls of rain at first, but north and west counties remain mostly dry. Dull with widespread fog on the coast. Temperatures above normal. (Over next four weeks: warmer and duller than normal)

3rd week: Atlantic frontal systems bring spells of rain on most days, heavy for many around 18th as a depression crosses Munster. Light winds at first. Sunny around the 20th.

4th week: Winds becoming stronger at times. Dull at first. Around 27th, a deep northwest depression brings rain mainly to west and south areas, with accompanying gale gusts. Relatively sunny towards the end of the month.


1st week: Mostly dry but isolated showers in Midland and eastern areas. Temperatures near or above normal. Relatively sunny.

2nd week: Heavy rain over the west and north, declining as it moves east, then a clearance to dry, mostly sunny weather, followed midweek by a cool north-westerly airstream. Around the middle of the month, high pressure centred to the east of the country gives a dry, warm, and sunny period with light south-easterly winds. (Next four weeks: warmer, sunnier than normal everywhere; quite dry in some places).

3rd week: A slow-moving depression crosses south-eastwards over the country, bringing wet and windy conditions. Rain or showers in the southwest, west and northwest, but rainfall amounts in the east and southeast may only be small.

4th week: A general clearing as a large anticyclone dominates.


1st week: Warm and sunny, then a weak cold front brings cooler and cloudier weather. Daytime temperatures near normal but nights are cool.

2nd week:  Outbreaks of showery rain develop with a moderate southerly airflow.

(Next four weeks: very wet in parts of the east and southeast, cool but sunny)

3rd week: Mostly dry and sunny with light winds, as an anticyclone develops to the south, bringing showers to northern areas. Daytime temperatures above normal, but nights may be cool with fog. Slow-moving frontal systems bring occasional heavy rain, particularly to Munster and Leinster. Mild and dull at first, but becoming clearer but cooler.

4th week: Low-pressure to the east of Ireland directs a cold north to north-westerly airflow, some heavy rain at times in the east and southeast, but amounts elsewhere may be slight.


1st week: Low-pressure still dominates, bringing wet and windy conditions with some heavy falls. High totals bring flooding in many areas, while storm force winds may disrupt power supplies. Temperatures are above normal for most of the week.

2nd week: Winds may be moderate to strong, southwest to westerly in direction, reaching gale force at times. Atlantic frontal systems bring rain or showers each day, heavy in many places.

(Next four weeks, very wet in the east and south, mild everywhere with near-normal sunshine).

3rd week: Continuing unsettled, showers heavy and thundery at times. Some sunny spells between the showers. Temperatures near normal, in fairly strong south-westerly airstream.

4th week: A deep depression moves eastwards across central counties. The frontal systems become slow-moving in the Irish Sea, bringing heavy falls at the beginning of the week to the east, but less rain activity in both the north and south. Temperatures turn to near or below normal as winds turn light northerly near the end of the month with some air frost.


1st week: Low pressure becomes almost stationary in the west, generating a mild south-easterly airflow. Rain or showers each day with heaviest falls in coastal counties in the southwest, south, and south-east.

2nd week: Showers become less frequent at first, but another depression spreads rain and strong winds eastwards at or near 10th. Then a deep depression moving close to north coast brings heavy rain, especially to western counties. This contracts to showers, some with hail and thunder at the end of the week. Westerly winds associated with the depression may reach gale force in places. Temperatures above normal.

(Next four weeks, dull and wet in the south and east, becoming milder after a cold spell.)

3rd week: A large anticyclone east of the country directs the weather until the end of the month. Easterly gale gusts may be moderate to strong, becoming lighter as pressure rises to the north. Temperatures below normal.

4th week: Weak frontal systems in the southeast bring rain to eastern and southeastern areas, but rainfall amounts may be small.

Frosts becoming widespread, especially after Xmas Day. Western areas may be sunny. In the last days of the year, the weather returns to mild and wet conditions, as high-pressure retreats northwards. 

A south to southwesterly airflow may bring pockets of heavy rain. Winds mostly moderate, but gale gusts come around New Year. Temperatures above normal.

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