Temperatures soar above 20C - but enjoy it while you can as rain to return this week
TEMPERATURES have reached as high as 21C in parts of the country today - however rain is expected to make a return later this week.
Met Eireann have confirmed today as the hottest day of 2016 so far.
After a wash out Saturday, the much publicised good weather arrived this morning.
Weather stations in Co Roscommon and Co Carlow have reported temperatures of 21C.
Meanwhile stations in Galway, Donegal, Sligo and Dublin have all reported temperatures of 20C.
Temperatures are expected to reach above 20C both tomorrow and Tuesday.
However Wednesday will mark a return to milder weather - with temperatures falling back to the mid teens and widespread showers.
Early indications suggest while next weekend will be dry, a cool northerly breeze will stop temperatures reaching this weekend's peak.