Mercury is rising – but we won't escape the heavy rain
TEMPERATURES will soar into the mid-20s this week as a plume of hot air rises up from the continent – but it won't mean wall-to-wall sunshine.
There is a strong possibility of heavy rain showers, even as the mercury is forecast to hit 23C in parts of Leinster today.
The recent warm and humid weather conditions are set to continue across the country, as the unsettled spell ushers in a mix of bright sunny periods and potential thunder storms.
Cloudier, duller areas could expect to see temperatures in the high teens, said Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn.
Brighter, sunnier parts will see temperatures up into the mid-20s at times.
"If you get a blast of sunshine, those temperatures will get up very quickly and it will be very warm and very pleasant," said Ms Blackburn.
"It is not settled weather; there will be spells of rain, some of them possibly very heavy or thundery, so really the overall outlook is generally humid and muggy."
Meanwhile, the website Irish Weather Online forecast highs of 25C on Wednesday and 27C on Thursday.
If temperatures rose that high, it would rival the hottest temperature of the year – 27.1C at Newport, Co Mayo, on June 17.
However, that temperature was recorded on a day of glorious sunshine, conditions that are unlikely to be repeated this week.