Sunshine to last well into the weekend
THERE was no repeat of Wednesday's record-breaking 23C but the sunny spell will continue into the weekend at the very least.
The West continued to enjoy the hottest temperatures. Mount Dillon, Roscommon, recorded a national high of 22.7C, less than a degree cooler than Wednesday's high in Newport, Co Mayo.
"We should certainly get another few days out of it," forecaster Joanna Donnelly told the Irish Independent.
"While it may not last into all of next week, this weekend will be good. We can expect temperatures to stay in around the 20s."
In Louise Kennedy's pharmacies in Wicklow and Wexford, she said sun protection products were "flying off the shelves", with customers opting for the higher factor creams.
There were no red faces in Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork, where the inhabitants "love this kind of weather", said spokesman Stephen Ryan.
"The ring-tailed lemurs in particular really enjoy this weather. The giraffes are the same."
Meanwhile, the ISPCA called on pet owners to be conscious of the effects the heat can have on animals and pleaded with owners not to leave them in cars.
According to ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling: "In temperatures of 22C, temperatures in a car can reach 47°C within an hour.
"An animal in that environment is very likely to suffer or even die."