For this year now, they were promising us a record summer. Well, they were for the UK, but I heard the Irish weathermen and women predict something similar for us.
And at the end of May, it happened: A heatwave! Now, when I'm talking about an Irish heatwave, you may get the wrong idea. We're talking about temperatures of 20 degrees or more. That's what we call a heatwave in this country, not the 35, 40 or 45 degrees that you might experience in parts or Southern Europe, Asia or the Southern States of America.
So we had a week of really nice weather with up to 25 degrees and after that, it was up and down a bit, but still mainly sunny and warm.
Then July came and the weather deteriorated. We had rain for part of the day on most days, and the temperature varied from about 14 to 19 degrees. In July? Indeed.
Today is the last day of July and this should be the hottest time of the year. Instead, it was raining all day. This is the beginning of the August Bank Holiday, the main holiday weekend of the season. They've forecast gale force winds in parts of the country and more rain, and I'm sitting inside with a hooded sweatshirt on and a little electric fire next to me to keep me warm.
With regard to the global warming, the predictions for Ireland are not encouraging:
Summer and winter are going to be even more similar than they have been in the past. Which means more rain and even warmer winters with the summer temperatures barely topping those of the colder season. Yes, the "Emerald Isle" will probably remain green for a while, but will the people of this country have to grow fins and gills?