Tuesday 17 October 2017

Wednesday was officially the hottest day of the year as temperatures reach 28.6C

From left, Aisling Ferry, Cara Towell and Elanor Flannery from Ashbourne, Co. Meath this afternoon on Portmarnock Beach enjoying the sun....Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
From left, Aisling Ferry, Cara Towell and Elanor Flannery from Ashbourne, Co. Meath this afternoon on Portmarnock Beach enjoying the sun....Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Annie Geldr and Yurbi Marrufo from Belmaine this afternoon on Portmarnock Beach enjoying the sun and temperatures expected to reach up to 29C this afternoon....Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Members of the public enjoying the good weather in St. Stephens Green, Dublin..Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
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The state forecaster has confirmed that Wednesday was the hottest day of the year so far.

The mercury hit 28.6 Celsius in Dublin's Phoenix Park which, according to Met Eireann, makes it the "highest temperature in Ireland so far this year".

But while Dublin was baking in the heat other parts of the country didn't reach the temperature highs.

Temperatures started high in Valentia, Co Kerry overnight but fell steadily during the day with a high of 17 C recorded this afternoon.

And in Galway it was a mild 16C in parts.

Forecaster and meteorologist Gerry Murphy explained: "It was the hottest day this year with 28.6C in the Phoenix Park. It wasn't the warmest day ever in that area of the country but it was close to it..

Anita and Robert (6) Bulaiu from Malahide this afternoon on Portmarnock Beach enjoying the sun and temperatures expected to reach up to 29C this afternoon....Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Anita and Robert (6) Bulaiu from Malahide this afternoon on Portmarnock Beach enjoying the sun and temperatures expected to reach up to 29C this afternoon....Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

"Your average maximum temperature for June in the Phoenix park is usually around 18C."

Mr Murphy explained that over the last week all four provinces have experienced temperatures in the mid 20s at some point.

He described the recent sunny spell as a "mini heatwave".

But also confirmed that temperatures will drop over the coming days.

"We can expect temperatures tomorrow between 15C and 22C tomorrow and then returning back to more typical values by the weekend."

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