Friday 24 February 2017

Stock up on ice cream and sun block - the hottest day of the year is on its way

Martin Grant

Enjoying the sun yesterday were Alice Davis Joyce from Recess, Connemara at the Galway
International Arts Festival Photo: Andrew Downes
Enjoying the sun yesterday were Alice Davis Joyce from Recess, Connemara at the Galway International Arts Festival Photo: Andrew Downes

Stock up on ice cream and sun block - the hottest day of the year is on its way.

The country basked in glorious sunshine yesterday in one of finest days of the summer so far, with temperatures reaching a scorching 26C in some parts.

Enjoying the sun yesterday was Kinga Kropp from Frankfurt at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney
Enjoying the sun yesterday was Kinga Kropp from Frankfurt at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney

And the mercury is set to keep rising this week, with forecasters predicting that tomorrow will be the hottest day of the year.

Temperatures sizzled to highs of nearly 26C in Dublin's Phoenix Park yesterday, while the rest of the country enjoyed temperatures of between 21C and 25C.

However, tomorrow is set to be the most magnificent so far, with Met Éireann predicting highs of 27C around inland areas.

If the mercury hits that height tomorrow, it will surpass this year's record of 25.7C, recorded at Shannon Airport on June 8.

Enjoying the sun yesterday were Victoria Copin and Diane Touret from Lille, France, at
Mountjoy Square, Dublin. Photos: Doug O’Connor
Enjoying the sun yesterday were Victoria Copin and Diane Touret from Lille, France, at Mountjoy Square, Dublin. Photos: Doug O’Connor

Although today will be cloudier across the country, it is expected to remain dry and generally pleasant.

Temperatures will range between 22C and 27C tomorrow, although there is a risk of thundery showers breaking out later.

Met Éireann forecaster Harm Luijkx predicted glorious sunshine tomorrow, adding: "It will then turn to normal temperatures of between 17C and 21C, which are still reasonable.

"The weather will be more changeable with occasional showers, although it will remain dry and bright."

Irish Independent

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