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German Couple Martin and Stephanie enjoy the sunshine along the Cliff Walk, at the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare. Photo: Brian Arthur

German Couple Martin and Stephanie enjoy the sunshine along the Cliff Walk, at the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare. Photo: Brian Arthur

German Couple Martin and Stephanie enjoy the sunshine along the Cliff Walk, at the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare. Photo: Brian Arthur

Mount Dillon, Co. Longford rivalled Florence in southern Italy as Ireland basked in the hottest day of the year so far.

It will stay balmy today but enjoy it while you can before rain moves in overnight. The mercury climbed to just shy of 26C at the country's hotspot in Co Longford yesterday while much of the country enjoyed a pleasant 25C under sunny skies, although morning mist shrouded the sun for a time along the south and eastern coasts. Malin Head in Co Donegal broke a record for the hottest day in May to date at a balmy 25.1C.

Although we won't get the glorious summery weather that we enjoyed yesterday, it will still be warm, if not humid, today with highest temperatures averaging about 25C, said Met Eireann forecaster Jean Byrne. Rain will move eastward tonight and could bring heavy downpours tomorrow.

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