'Exceptionally warm' - Met Éireann predicts sizzling temperatures of 28C... but Ireland to endure thundery downpours first
MET Éireann has forecast temperatures of 28C for later this week - but it must get worse before it gets better as two rainfall warnings are now in effect.
The weather is to turn "exceptionally warm" by Friday with spells of sunshine and just the odd thunderstorm, the national forecaster said.
Temperatures will hit 20 to 25 degrees on Wednesday, highs of 27 degrees on Thursday and 28C on Friday in parts of the country.
It will be a few degrees cooler in coastal areas due to some north and east moderate winds.
Next weekend will be a bit of a mixbag with "very warm" conditions on Saturday but some thundery rain developing in the west and extending eastwards.
Temperatures will drop a little lower on Sunday with some sunshine and isolated showers expected.
Meanwhile, two rainfall warnings are now in place for Leinster, Cork and Waterford.
They will remain in effect until 6am tomorrow.
Outbreaks of rain and scattered thundery downpours will lead to 25-40mm of water in places.
Tonight will be humid, resulting in thundery showers.
Monday will see spells of sunshine throughout the day and scattered thunderstorms will develop with the chance of prolonged downpours.
Overall, the national outlook for the week is increasingly warm and humid, with lots of dry weather and the risk of localised thundery downpours.