Sizzling temperatures will last into next week
THE summer sizzler is set to continue into the weekend with soaring temperatures forecast across the country.
Families across the country flocked to parks, beaches and lakes yesterday to make the most of the balmy sunshine – with temperatures of 21C along the east coast.
Several lucky children got up close and personal with some of the summer's more colourful creatures at Straffan Butterfly Farm yesterday.
The Co Kildare farm is owned by Iris Fox, and she explained to the Irish Independent that they have "mostly tropical butterflies" in their butterfly house.
The popular attraction has been open every summer since 1986, and Ms Fox said that the tropical butterflies that call Straffan home have a short life span of up to just 10 days.
The balmy weather that has seen Ireland rival sunspots across Europe is continuing with mercury reaching a high of 21C today and Saturday.
And, it will continue for the early part of next week as Monday will creep up again to 23C, while Tuesday is set to rival Mediterranean destinations, with a scorcher of 24C.
However, sun seekers are being urged to make the most of the warm weather, as showers are expected on Wednesday with the sun dial dropping back to normal, setting the tone for the rest of next week.
"Over the weekend temperatures will get up about a degree each day. We're definitely looking at the low 20s at least and the range of sunshine will be much wider. But there'll be some rain creeping in on Wednesday," said Met Eireann's John Eagleton.
However, while conditions are expected to be more unsettled with showers and rain, there will also be brighter periods.