'Mixed' weather in Ireland for Bank Holiday weekend - as European hot spots battle heatwave
It might be a weekend to gamble with a BBQ, but we'd recommend an umbrella for some cooking cover.
The weather conditions look set to remain "mixed" today and over the Bank Holiday weekend, according to Met Éireann.
Speaking to RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, Met Éireann's Matthew Martin said scattered showers will be a feature of the weekend.
"There will be scattered showers over the weekend, with persistent rain across the country on Sunday," Mr Martin said.
"Monday will be dry with just a few showers.
"The weekend will be fairly cool, with temperatures a few degrees below the August average."
Today will see top temperatures of between 16 and 19 degrees, while top temperatures tomorrow will just tip 18 degrees.
"It will be showery rain tonight, but it will clear for a bright day on Saturday with a mix of sunshine and scattered showers," he added.
A last-minute tip? Anyone looking for the best weather this weekend is advised to head to Wexford and the "sunny south east".
Meanwhile, the strongest heatwave of the summer has struck parts of Europe, including France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Hungary, with temperatures soaring in some parts to 40C or more.
South-east France will continue to swelter until the weekend, with night-time temperatures above 25C in some parts; Italy is suffering from prolonged drought, resulting in water being rationed; and in Spain, weather warnings are in place across Mallorca, Minorca, Catalonia, Ibiza and Malaga. Temperatures are also above normal in parts of Greece, Croatia and Hungary.
Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said that hot weather warnings were in force across many popular holiday destinations, and temperatures would remain high over the weekend before beginning to cool early next week.
People are advised to drink lots of water, stay in the shade and wear a high-factor sunscreen.