Published 18/06/2014 | 02:30
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).