Jellyfish and ice cream on hottest day in a decade
Ireland felt its hottest temperature for a decade as a blast of continental air brought a 36-hour heatwave.
Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon was the hottest place in the country, where temperatures soared to 30C.
But it was almost as warm throughout, with 26C recorded in Dublin. It won't last, however, with a return to Atlantic weather systems today.
"Tuesday was the hottest day of the year by far," said Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe.
"In fact it was the hottest day since 2006. It wasn't a record but it was the best we've seen in a few years."
Temperatures today will drop by about 10C compared with yesterday.
Tomorrow will start off dry with bright or sunny spells. However, rain will develop in the west during the morning and will spread across the country through the afternoon.
"It's a return to more normal summer weather conditions with temperatures in the high teens or low-20s," said Ms Lowe.
Irish Water Safety warned swimmers to beware of the dangerous Lion's Mane jellyfish, which have been spotted in numbers along the east coast in recent days.
HB Ice Cream said hot weather led to the sale of 250,000 ice creams every day.