Yellow weather warning issued as temperatures rocket towards 30 degrees
MET Eireann has this morning issued a heat warning as temperatures are set to rocket towards 30 degrees.
The weather warning takes effect from noon today and lasts until 6pm.
Met Eireann warns that parts of Connacht, the midlands and west Leinster will be most at risk.
A spokesperson for Met Eireann told Independent.ie this morning that they are urging people to limit sun exposure today.
"We issue the warning when temperatures are predicted to go over 28 degrees.
"The midlands and west Leinster will be the hottest and also parts of Connacht.
"Temperatures will be between 27 and 29 degrees in most parts of the country."
Today will easily surpass yesterday's record as the hottest day of the year.
The hottest temperature recorded yesterday was a sweltering 27.1 degrees.
Irish Water Safety has warned swimmers to be careful and to never take to the water after consuming alcohol.
Doctors have warned the public to take measures to protect themselves against sun burn and sun stroke.