And the really good news is the sunshine will last to June bank holiday
IRELAND will be as warm as Crete and hotter than Lisbon and Nice today, as the mini heatwave continues with temperatures up to 24C.
We beat Egypt yesterday with 26C as beaches enjoyed their busiest weekend of the year -- and the good news is the warm weather will continue into the June bank holiday.
Tomorrow will be a little cooler with a maximum of 21C and showers are possible on Wednesday. However, Thursday is set to be in the early twenties again with cloudless skies and Friday and Saturday are also looking good.
"Warm, bright and sunny conditions will continue unabated in most of the country, the temperatures will not be quite as high as last week but it will remain very pleasant overall with lots of sunshine," a Met Eireann forecaster said.
Tens of thousands of sun seekers hit the country's holiday spots over the weekend to take advantage of the unbroken sunshine.
Parks, gardens and every available green area were packed to capacity as supermarkets reported a massive surge in the sale of barbecue food.
But traffic jams hit beach routes, with up to 5km tailbacks reported at popular coastal spots and trains were busier than usual.
Louise Tolerton, a spokesperson for tourism chiefs Failte Ireland, said: "Good weather meant more people at outdoor attractions."
Beer gardens were packed as sunshine on Saturday pushed temperatures to 26C at Shannon, Mace Head and Belmullet.
Ireland was even hotter than showery Alexandria, Egypt, which only reached 24C, and Safed, Israel, which recorded 25C.
Yesterday hit 23C in the west and north, 21C in the east and 19C in the south.
Parts of Munster were hit with cooler conditions yesterday and conditions will remain unsettled there for the coming days.
Friday's highest reading at a major weather station was 28.3C at Ardfert, Co Kerry, almost pipping the country's all-time 28.4C May record, set at the same station on May 31, 1997.
Meanwhile, records have been smashed at Shannon, Co Clare, Claremorris and Newport, Co Mayo, Mace Head, Galway, and Markree Castle, Sligo.
In parts, the mercury has been almost double the usual 15C temperature at this time of year.
will not be quite as high as last week but it will remain very pleasant overall with lots of sunshine," the forecaster said.
Meanwhile, fire crews and the Defence Forces were last night battling a number of fires in Co Donegal.
An Air Corps helicopter fitted with a specialist water bucket dropped water to douse the flames at a forest at Glengesh, outside Ardara.