Ireland set to sizzle as mercury soars to 28C - prompting a 'warm weather' warning
Ireland will sizzle hotter than many European countries today as the mercury hits a scorching 28C.
It is set to be hotter than Lisbon, Berlin, Turin, Amsterdam and Tenerife.
Sun seekers are being advised to layer on the sun screen and Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath.
The warning is in place from midday until 6pm today.
The country basked in glorious weather again yesterday as Munster saw the best of the conditions, where temperatures reached a peak of 27C.
But Leinster is expected to see the hottest temperatures today, with a possible peak of 28C.
Liz Walsh, of Met Éireann, said the majority of the country will enjoy "heatwave conditions" over the next few days. Today will be a "hazy" and "sun soaked" in the early afternoon. However, the increasingly humid conditions could result in thundery outbreaks later in the day.
Tomorrow will be mostly dry with some bright spells. It will be a "much fresher day" with highs of 15C to 20C.
However, it will become cloudier along the west and north-west later in the day with some drizzle in the evening.
Ms Walsh said while the weather will take a turn for the worse on Friday, "it won't be raining all the time".
Sadly, the weather will not pick up over the weekend with scattered showers predicted to fall and temperatures dropping to 15-18C.
The forecaster added she was unable to confirm if Ireland is likely to have another heatwave this summer.
"We can't say at this stage if we will experience similar weather for the rest of the summer," she said.
The country has certainly enjoyed this glimpse of summer, with many swarming to beaches to bask in the sunshine.
However, the traditional paddling pool still proves to be a summertime hit with people rushing out to nab the childhood favourite.
According to Tesco Ireland, sales of the hot weather essential doubled this month compared to this time last year.
"Looking year on year, the outdoor pool and paddling categories have seen increases of more than double against the same period last year," a spokesperson told the Irish Independent.
"Additionally we've seen increases in related accessories like arm bands."
The grocery giant has also seen an increase in demand for barbecue meats, ice creams, salads, fruits, and beers and ciders.
As people light up the barbie, Safe Food Ireland has plenty of tips for avoiding dodgy tummies.
It advises that the biggest issue when barbecuing is making sure food has been cooked thoroughly.
While the outside may look cooked (and in some cases burnt), the inside can still be raw.