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Ireland weather: Met Éireann confirms hottest day of the year as temperatures reach 26.2C


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It was officially the hottest day of the year so far after temperatures climbed above 25C in many parts of the country.

According to Met Éireann the top temperature was recorded at Shannon Airport where the mercury reached 26.2C.

It was closely followed by the weather station at Athenry, Co Galway, at 25.8C and Oak Park in Co Carlow which recorded a temperature of 25.5C.

Meanwhile the hot weather was also enjoyed in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, where the temperature peaked at 25.3C, and at Claremorris, Co Mayo, where it reached 25.2C

However it wasn’t wall-to-wall sunshine around the country as the weather station at Malin Head in Co Donegal recorded a high of just 16.4C.

Top temperatures of between 22C and 25C were predicted across the country today thanks to the fine spell of weather driven by an 'Azores High' front.

The low cloud and patches of mist or drizzle of this morning cleared to be replaced by long spells of warm sunshine in most parts of the country for the afternoon and evening.

The dry and clear conditions will continue overnight. It will be humid with temperatures dropping to between 12C and 15C. Some mist or hill fog patches may develop also. 

Tomorrow will be another hot day, with hazy sunshine. However, Met Éireann said cloudier conditions will increase from the northwest later in the day, bringing some patchy rain to west Connacht and west Ulster by evening. Highest temperatures of 20C to “25C are forecast.

Monday night will be cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain, mostly in the north and west. It will remain warm and muggy overnight with temperatures not falling below 14C to 17C.

Met Éireann said Tuesday morning will be cloudy with patchy rain and drizzle, although rainfall will be small generally. During the afternoon, drier and brighter conditions will extend from northwest as it turns a “bit fresher” across the region. Highest temperatures of 17C to 23C are expected, warmest in the southeast.

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Long clear spells will develop on Tuesday night with just a slight chance of some light showers in the northwest. It will be a cooler night with lows of 10C to 13C.

Wednesday will see a mix of cloud and sunny spells with the chance of a few showers. Met Éireann said temperatures will range from 17C to 22C. 

It will be largely dry on Wednesday night with clear spells, the chance of a few light showers in northern counties and lowest temperatures of 10C to 12C.

Met Éireann said there is a possibility of some rain or showers at times in the northwest of the country on Thursday. Elsewhere it will be mostly dry with long spells of sunshine and top temperatures 17C in the northwest to 22C in the southeast.

"Plenty of dry and sunny weather across Ireland on Friday but parts of the northwest will stay cloudier with a chance of patchy rain or drizzle there. Highest temperatures ranging from 18 to 24 degrees, coolest along the northwest coast,” Met Éireann said.

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