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Sunday 23 July 2017

It's finally time to dust down the barbecue - Ireland is set to bask in sunshine

Swimmers at the Forty Foot in Dublin Picture: Collins
Swimmers at the Forty Foot in Dublin Picture: Collins

Sorcha O'Connor and Denise Calnan

It's time to dust down the barbecue and stock up on the sun cream – Ireland is set to bask in sunshine.

Temperatures will rise into the 20s and could hit 24C, well above the European average of 19C for the weekend.

Speaking to RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack said the midlands, east and south of the country will see the best weather.

"It is set to be very warm and humid, with sunshine in many areas over the next few days, especially tomorrow.

"Today will be cloudy and misty in many areas," she said.

"It will brighten gradually with sunny spells, which will be best in the midlands, east and south.

"Temperatures will be between 17 and 23 degrees.

"Tomorrow will be dry and will have good sunshine in most areas, except parts of the west and northwest," she continued.

"It will be very warm with temperatures hitting between 20 and 25 degrees, but it will be 16 to 18 along Atlantic coasts.

"The winds will be mostly light and southwesterly."

"Sunday will be warms and dry, the sunny spells will be best in the midlands, east and south."

And the good weather will continue for the south of the country early next week too.

"Monday and Tuesday will stay dry in most parts with sunny spells, and some clouds at times," Cusack said.

"It won't be as warm as the weekend, with temperatures of between 15 and 18 degrees, although it could be low twenties in the south.

A spokesperson for Met Eireann also advised the Herald that, with the good weather, UV levels would be high even in cloudy conditions.

“We’re definitely advising sun cream this weekend.

“It’s looking to be very good, particularly in the capital.”

The promise of sunshine is more than welcome, with many events going on around Dublin.

Foodies will be able to make the most of the weather at the Iveagh Gardens for the 12th year of the Taste of Dublin festival.

More than 30,000 people are expected to turn out, with many Dublin restaurants and 30 world-class chefs taking part in the event.

Meanwhile, almost 52,000 Robbie Williams fans will descend on the Aviva Stadium tomorrow night.

There are still some tickets up for grabs for the gig, where the former Take That star will perform songs from his 11th studio album, The Heavy Entertainment Show.

Temperatures will still be warm enough for a dip – good news for anyone looking for a splash to cool off, with the popular Dublin beauty spot Sandymount beach reopened to swimmers after a sewage spill last week.

Farther up the coast, Skerries hosts its Midsummer Festival.

It all kicked-off last night, with Al Porter headlining the opening performance.

The historic seaside town is looking forward to welcoming families to enjoy a weekend of food, music and many other fun activities.

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