Summer set to get off to a scorching start
DUST off the barbecues and hose down that garden furniture. Forecasters are predicting a scorcher for the bank holiday weekend, with temperatures set to top those in the Mediterranean.
The warmest weather of the year is expected to be here by Friday, which is good news for those opting for a 'staycation' and for a raft of festivals due to take place over the weekend.
"Temperatures are expected to rise to 25C by Friday, bringing the warmest weather we've had this year -- so if you're thinking of having a barbecue, this is definitely the time to have one," Met Eireann's John Eagleton said yesterday.
Today is regarded by meteorologists as the first official day of summer. And, at least for the time being, the skies should soon be matching the season.
"It's a great start to summer after a very nice April but a cooler May," Mr Eagleton added.
The sunny spell should bring higher temperatures than those of popular holiday spots across Europe, with family-favourite Majorca set to peak at 22C and temperatures in Malta not expected to exceed 23C.
However, the imminent warm weather has prompted Irish Water Safety to issue a warning.
"We would urge all people on beaches to take due care this weekend. There is always an increase in the numbers of people heading out into the water when the weather improves, and beaches are renowned for being crowded on bank holidays," a spokesman said.
The highest temperature in Ireland so far this year was 22.7C, recorded at Shannon Airport on April 21.