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Be quick if you want a BBQ in the sun

MAKE the most of the fine weather today -- as it won't be around for long.

Weather experts have said that barbecue season is definitely on for the next few days.

But they said that the first weekend in July was lining up to be a mixed bag.

Although sunshine will be the main feature of the day, light showers and mist are anticipated over Sunday.

And the rain is expected to come from the west over night, although the east of the country could escape the worst of the showers.

But temperatures are expected to remain pleasantly warm tomorrow at 21 degrees with moderate southerly winds.

It will be time to dig out the wellies again as heavy rain showers are anticipated from Tuesday -- just in time for the music festival Oxegen in Punchestown, Kildare. The clear spell today will come as a welcome relief to the estimated 130,000 spectators who are expected to attend the Tall Ships Festival in Waterford.

Crowds have flocked to the south eastern county for the line up of events including a Waterboys concert last night as well as a parade along the south quays.

Other attractions included a replica Viking longboat commissioned by Waterford Museum of Treasures. Early estimates put the potential income of the event at €30m.

Tall Ships Festival chairman Des Whelan admitted the event had already exceeded all their expectations.

"You can only work hard and hope for the best, but it has been brilliant so far, including the weather," he said.