In most societies, chatting about the weather is nothing but inane small talk, but in Ireland it’s a topic of conversation we take very seriously. And we all know what it means to have ‘good drying weather’.
On any given day, the website of Met Éireann, Ireland’s meteorological authority, is a mildly entertaining read as its copywriters are tasked with crafting short sentences to sum up our eminently changeable weather.
Our recent summer days have had sunshine, heavy rain, hailstones and chill winds, often all at once – baffling conditions that can be hard to pull off as a comprehensive, authoritative weather report.
Sometimes, it’s easier to just use the vernacular of the people and – according to Met.ie this morning – the provinces of Leinster and Munster can revel in a day of “good drying”. (That is, the kind of weather in which you can happily hang your clothes out to dry, for the uninitiated.)
Weather that’s mild with a low chance of rain may sound like nothing to get excited about – but it’s the best you can ask of an Irish summer.
It rains here. Deal with it.
But summer rain – sometimes that’s the best kind!
Though the traditional concept of ‘seasons’ is a bit foreign to us.
In the so-called ‘summer’ months, the sun only teases us.
It’s a punishing love affair.
And you can forget about a sunny day out on the beach.
But, sure, even if it was sunny, we wouldn’t be able for it.
We’re grand, though. Our inclement weather has hardened us.
In fact, we get confused by anything else.
But that won’t stop us stripping off at the first sign of a good, sunny day.
Even if we have been lied to before.
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