SUMMER has finally arrived – with the added bonus of above average temperatures for June.
Thousands took advantage of soaring temperatures yesterday to flock to the seaside and festivals like Bloom 2013 in the Phoenix Park, while tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Dublin and Cork for mini marathons.
And while central Europe was drenched, with downpours in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic causing serious flooding, Ireland, for once, was on the right side of the weather system.
"There is a high pressure area near us, with a light easterly flow," a Met Eireann forecaster told the Herald.
"We have very settled weather for the week ahead and there will be sunshine every day, but it will be cloudy in some places."
The bad weather in Europe, which has seen thousands flee floods with the death toll in double figures, is being caused by a high pressure front.
"It's very unfortunate with heavy thunderstorms, but we are on the good side," he said.
"Every day this week, the temperatures will reach the high teens or low twenties," he said.
"It will be around 20 degrees celsius and 22 - 23 degrees celsius in some places inland."
While it will be generally dry, there is the possibility of "a few showers" developing in the afternoons.
"Temperatures are above average for early June. Generally they are 16 - 17 degrees celsius," the forecaster said.
The coasts will be coolest with onshore breezes today, but otherwise winds will be light, easterly or variable in direction.
"Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be dry apart from a few isolated showers during the afternoons," the Met Office said.
The good weather looks like continuing into early next week, but then "there are signals of developing weather systems from the Atlantic so it's a little uncertain," the forecaster added.
Yesterday many parts enjoyed warm weather with 19-degree temperatures recorded by Met Eireann at Newport, Co Mayo, Phoenix Park and Shannon Airport and 18 degrees at Belmullet, Mayo, Dublin Airport and Mace Head in Galway.