Soaking up the sun on hottest day of the year
SUN-SEEKERS descended on beaches around the country on the hottest day of the year yesterday as temperatures crept past 23C for the first time in 2013.
The appropriately named Furnace, near Newport, Co Mayo, was once again the hottest place in the country with 23.3C recording there, almost half a degree hotter than Tuesday.
The summer sun may have coincided with the first day of exams but the classroom couldn't have been further from the Glynn family's thoughts as they enjoyed their ice creams on Dollymount Strand in Dublin.
Brothers Ronan (10) and Colman (8) and their sister Ria (6) were treated by their mother Melanie, who said: "We've been soaking up the good weather absolutely. We were in St Anne's Park at the weekend and now we're here today."
Raimundas Astrauskas had travelled from Tullamore, Co Offaly, with his children Emilija, Matt and Vladislava. The Lithuanian family are used to hotter temperatures but soak up the sun whenever possible.
"Back home it's 28 or 30 degrees. You have to make the most of it when it comes because it's not that often," said Raimundas.
Transition-year students from Maryfield College, Drumcondra, Dublin, were glad to be free of the classroom for another summer.
"We'll probably just lie in the sun and sunbathe. I'm definitely not going swimming anyway," said Emma Byrne from Donnycarney.
However, her friend Ailbhe Fusco planned to make the most of the midday sun.
"I brought my towel, so I'm getting into the water."
Away from the Dollymount sand, Margaret White (80) from Finglas and Pat Boland (82) from Artane were in celebratory mood on the East Pier in Howth, Co Dublin. "I love it here in the sun but I'll have to go soon. I've to go see my great grandchild who was just born today," said Margaret proudly. "This is my fourth. I'm dying to see him."
Amidst all the fun and sunshine cheer the DSPCA had a cautionary message for pet owners.
"Locking a dog in a car is a definite 'no no'", spokesperson Gillian Bird warned. "If you can't take a dog with you, ensure they have lots of water and some shade where they can lie down.