IRELAND'S long spell of warm weather is set to come to an end this week, forecasters say.
Most people can look forward to two more days of warm conditions before the high pressure responsible for the sunny spell is finally disturbed by the return of Atlantic weather systems.
Temperatures topped 21C in Carlow and Cork yesterday and may well be highertoday, said Met Eireann's Eoin Sherlock.
"There's a bit of a north/south split over the next couple of days with nice warm weather in the south of the country," he said.
"However from Wednesday it all changes as we get a return to Atlantic weather and we will see showers through the rest of the week, some of them very heavy."
The break in the weather may bring some relief to rescue organisations who have dealt with dozens of incidents in the past few days.
Irish Coast Guard officers have been forced to renew an appeal to anglers to take care at sea after a team of fishermen had to be rescued twice within hours.
Killybegs Coast Guard volunteers were carrying out a practice rescue when they came across four anglers "packed like sardines" into a small boat off the Donegal coast. However later on Saturday evening Bundoran Lifeboat crews found the same vessel – with just two anglers on board – drifting off the Atlantic coast.
Killybegs Coast Guard teams have been the busiest in dealing with the incidents.
They have already rescued three sets of anglers who have gone out to sea in €50 supermarket dinghies.
Howth Coast Guard had to rescue a man on an inflatable powered by an electric motor and in Castletownbere, Co Cork, crews had to bring a man ashore who had gone out in a home-made kayak.
Meanwhile, in Co Kerry, Fenit lifeboat had to rescue a swimmer in difficulty.
Skerries Coast Guard had to assist a woman who fell off a pier there while in Rosslare the local unit had to help when a car became stuck on the beach.