Farmers make hay while sun shines - but thunder and rain on the cards
Farmers have been packing away their machinery before the rain comes after a bumper harvest of hay and silage.
One Roscommon farmer said he had been "flat out" during an "exceptional year" for hay and silage across the country.
Yesterday, farmers including John Hanley, from Creggs, Co Roscommon, and Peter Sheehan, from Clostoken, Loughrea, Co Galway, were busy making hay while the sun shone. Even budding young farmer Jessica Meehan (4) gave her dad a hand as he was harvesting the barley at the family farm near Lifford in Co Donegal.
Mr Hanley told the Irish Independent that today's rain was "coming just at the right time". Last night, he said he was "trying to pack away all the machinery in time before the rain comes".
"No two years are the same," he said. "Last year, there was a tillage crisis, so you just have to take it when it comes."
Roscommon saw the highest temperatures yesterday at 25C, as well as parts of Donegal. Across the country, temperatures were "deep into the 20s", Met Éireann said.
John Eagleton, forecaster with Met Éireann, said thunder was on the cards for today, and tomorrow and Friday would be "fresh, blustery days with sunny spells and passing showers". He said Saturday would bring heavy showers, but warm, clear weather could return as early as Sunday.