Soaring sun in Costa del Inishowen

Caomh�n O'Connor having fun in the sand at Lisfannon beech yesterday.  (2904JB91) Photo. Joe Boland
Caomh�n O'Connor having fun in the sand at Lisfannon beech yesterday. (2904JB91) Photo. Joe Boland

As Inishowen’s sun worshippers have basked in the sun all week and tourism operators have enjoyed a bumper start to the season, the good news is that temperatures are set to soar this weekend too.

Met Eireann forecasters have predicted another weekend of dry sunny weather in the peninsula with temperatures set to rise.

Dylan Montgomery and Sienna Keogh enjoying the sun at Lisfannon beach yesterday afternoon.  (2904JB090) Photo. Joe Boland

Dylan Montgomery and Sienna Keogh enjoying the sun at Lisfannon beach yesterday afternoon. (2904JB090) Photo. Joe Boland

Earlier this week it seemed that a change was on the horizon with news thunder storms were on the way - however even the basking sharks and dolphins off the coast ignored the prediction and remained firmly positioned off the coast of Donegal.

Forecaster, Harm Luijkx, said the peninsula is about to escape the downfall in rain other parts of the country are expected to endure.

Speaking to the Journal yesterday he said: “I think it is going to be quite nice in the Inishowen area this weekend.

“Showers are expected in southern parts of the country, but mainly the area will stay dry with sunny spells in Inishowen.

“It will be a bit cooler, but temperatures will be around the same, on Saturday around the coast it will be about 17°c or 18°c.

“The only difference this weekend, to last, is that there will be a wind and it will make it slightly cooler.”

And with another bank holiday weekend, this weekend, the unexpected warm weather spells out good news for the tourism industry,

News the good weather is set to continue has been warmly welcomed by Buncrana’s Mayor Michael Grant.

While he’s delighted the sun will be shinning in the peninsula he’s also concerned there will be a repeat of last weekend’s antics in the town.

Last weekend more than 100 people descended on the town’s Shore Front, leaving behind beer bottles, clothing and other rubbish - which all had to be cleaned up the area’s tidy town members.

He said: “We’re looking forward to another lovely weekend and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to Buncrana and hopefully they will enjoy all the lovely sights and scenery we have here, and our lovely beaches, but we ask that people just respect the environment.

“It is great to welcome people to Buncrana.

“What I would like to say to people is ‘enjoy the good weather but do so responsibly’ and if they are having a sandwich or a bottle of juice then please take the rubbish back and put it in the rubbish bins.”