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Forget Brazil – heat is on as temperatures hit new high

Danielle Stephens and Emma Jane Hade

Published 18/06/2014 | 02:30

A pupil celebrates finishing her Junior Cert by jumping into the Forty Foot in her school uniform pictured this afternoon at Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Collins
A pupil celebrates finishing her Junior Cert by jumping into the Forty Foot in her school uniform pictured this afternoon at Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Collins
People enjoying the sunshine this afternoon at Sandycove, Dublin.
Children in Galway enjoy the fine weather yesterday
17/06/14 People enjoying the sunshine this afternoon at Sandycove, Dublin. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
People enjoying the sunshine this afternoon at Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Zoe Egan, Sadie Lanigan and Molly O'Dea all from Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Pola Radomska, Monkstown and Thea Boyce from Ballyogan in Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
17/06/14 Students from St. Teresians, Donnybrook Celebrating the end of the Junior Cert at the Forty Foot this afternoon at Sandycove, Dublin enjoying the weather... Picture , Collins Dublin.
17/06/14 From left, Rachael Leavey, Chloe Aird, Ella McMahon and Imogen McCullough from Donnybrook pictured this afternoon at Sandycove, Dublin enjoying the weather... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Celebrating finishing her Junior Cert, this girl jumps into the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Sarah Kate Briggs, Nicola Barton, Chloe Mariotti and Louisa Collins all from St. Teresians Donnybrook. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Swimmers jump into a river to seek relief from the hot weather in Rong'an county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region June 16, 2014. The temperature in Rong'an county reached 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit), local media reported. Picture taken June 16, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA)
A man pushes a buggy on Clontarf Promenade in Dublin, during the warm weather. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 17, 2014. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A man enjoys the warm weather by going for a swim in Dublin Bay. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 17, 2014. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Jumping from the Wooden Bridge in Clontarf, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A man enjoys the warm weather by going for a swim in Dublin Bay. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 17, 2014. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Clontarf, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Jumping from the Wooden Bridge in Clontarf, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A man enjoys the warm weather by jumping from the Wooden Bridge in Clontarf, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

THE suitably named Furnace near Newport in Mayo is officially Ireland's hottest spot, as temperatures soared to the late 20s.

We were feeling the heat across the country, as temperatures reached 27C yesterday – the highest so far this year.

And those selling ice cream, or buckets and spades, can look forward to more sunshine today, as forecasters are expecting it to be the hottest day of the year so far.

"Wednesday will be another warm day, warmer than yesterday," Met Eireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly explained.

The forecaster said that temperatures could even reach "29C here and there in warmer spells".

However, we have been warned to make the most of it as Met Eireann has said that temperatures will gradually drop from tomorrow onwards.

And, it wasn't just people basking in the sunshine, as several hundred bees were spotted in Cork Harbour Marina in the village of Monkstown.

"The bees were landing on a rope in a big swarm and coming down onto the boat and onto the side deck of the boat," Michael Dunlea said.

"I'd never seen anything like it before."

Warm spells like this are unusual for June, as the average temperatures normally sit in the low to mid 20s.

Our heatwave even managed to match up to Brazil, where the World Cup is taking place, and we were warmer than Sydney (17C), New York (23C), Istanbul (25) and Mexico City (24C).

Irish Independent

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