Tourism chiefs have a sunny outlook as temperatures continue to soar
A WEEK of sunshine lies ahead with thousands of workers planning to escape the office and head to the coast or countryside.
Temperatures hit 26C in Mullingar and Carlow yesterday, beating parts of the Mediterranean and bringing a welcome economic lift.
Failte Ireland expects that the weather will deliver "a home holiday boost in the next few days".
"The weather is fairly critical for the home holiday market, where we tend to see a lot of last minute bookings.
"If you have a burst of good weather like this you will start seeing additional holidays or breaks around the country," a spokesman said.
He said domestic customers make up as much as 70pc of hotel business.
"It is a big part of the tourism industry. It generates a lot of economic activity. Good weather is always a big bonus for us in that regard."
A yellow weather warning advising people to take care in the warm and humid conditions also remains in place until the weekend.
Cloudier conditions that were expected along the west coast have also arrived, but Met Eireann said that there are sunny spells too.
"It is cloudier out to the west and there are some showers there, but the sunshine is actually over the whole of the country," Met Eireann's Joanna Donnelly said.
"There will possibly be some showers across the west coast, and at the coastal areas you could see some fog at times. That will be happening around the country at coastal spots occasionally, but it doesn't last long," she added.
Overall temperatures around the country are expected to remain in the mid to high twenties until the weekend, when there is a possibility of cooler weather sweeping in with a change in the weather expected next week.