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Pic Shows: (L to R)Ruby Little (17) and Aisling Cusack (16) enjoying the Sunny weather yesterday (Wednesday) 30-05-2013 at Dollymount Beach, Clontarf, Dublin.

Pic: Collins Photos.

Pic Shows: (L to R)Ruby Little (17) and Aisling Cusack (16) enjoying the Sunny weather yesterday (Wednesday) 30-05-2013 at Dollymount Beach, Clontarf, Dublin. Pic: Collins Photos.

Pic Shows: (L to R)Ruby Little (17) and Aisling Cusack (16) enjoying the Sunny weather yesterday (Wednesday) 30-05-2013 at Dollymount Beach, Clontarf, Dublin. Pic: Collins Photos.

IRELAND is heating up just in time for what promises to be a glorious and busy bank holiday.

While today and tomorrow will be mild with sunny spells, Met Eireann has promised that the mercury will rise from Sunday onwards.

Bank holiday Monday will be sun-soaked with temperatures expected to top 20C, making it one of the hottest days of the year so far.

And the good news is the warm weather will last well into next week.

"Temperatures will be up in the high teens on Sunday and by Monday we're looking at 20C again.

"Tuesday and Wednesday look like being in the low 20s," said forecaster Pat Clarke.

Sun lovers will be spoiled for choice over the long weekend with a range of events taking place.

Yesterday was the first day of the annual Bloom festival – Ireland's largest garden festival.

President Michael D Higgins was there to launch the show and 80,000 people are expected to attend over the coming days.

Garden

Tens of thousands are also expected to attend the first Galway Sea Festival.

In Meath, equestrian fans can get into their stride in Ratoath at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair.

There will be displays from Ireland's top eventers and international Olympic medal winners, finishing with showjumping on Sunday.

Forbidden Fruit festival takes place this weekend on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

The festival is being headlined by Kasabian and Primal Scream over the two day event and there is also a spin-off night connected to the festival in Temple Bar

One group who won't be celebrating the good weather is Leaving Cert students whose exams start next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, an estimated 250,000 passengers are expected to pass through Dublin Airport from today until Bank holiday Monday, a 2pc increase on last year.

hnews@herald.ie


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