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Swimmers at the Bull Wall in Dublin. Met Éireann is forecasting that temperatures will slide back for the weekend. Photo: Brian Lawless

Swimmers at the Bull Wall in Dublin. Met Éireann is forecasting that temperatures will slide back for the weekend. Photo: Brian Lawless

Swimmers at the Bull Wall in Dublin. Met Éireann is forecasting that temperatures will slide back for the weekend. Photo: Brian Lawless

Grab the sunscreen, as parts of the country are set to bask in temperatures of up to 25C while Ireland enjoys its hottest period of the year so far.

Temperatures today will climb to 21C before reaching 24C or possibly 25C tomorrow, with Munster and south Leinster getting the hottest of the weather.

Enjoy it while you can, though, as Met Éireann is forecasting temperatures will slide back for the weekend, with highs of just 16C.

Today will be dry with hazy spells and good periods of sunshine for most of the country, but parts of the north and north-west will remain cloudy with showery outbreaks.

Elsewhere, it will be warm and dry with temperatures ranging from 18C to 22C, while it will be cooler in the north with highs of 15C to 19C.

Tonight will be mild with lows of 11C to 15C as showery rain becomes more prolonged and heavy in parts of Ulster as Friday morning approaches. Tomorrow looks set to register the hottest temperatures of the year so far, with Met Éireann predicting highs of up to 25C in parts of Munster and southeast Leinster.

This band of good weather is linked to a heatwave affecting western Europe, which has already seen the mercury rise to over 40C in parts of Spain.

In the UK, a hot weather warning was issued as temperatures in southern and central England are set to rise to 34C tomorrow.

At home, it will be a dry and sunny start to tomorrow before cloud moves southeastwards across the country from Connacht and Ulster, with rain in some areas becoming persistent.

Saturday looks set to be a largely dry day with cloud in the southeast and showers in the northwest but dry and bright elsewhere, with highs of 13C to 16C.

Sunday will see a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers with highs again ranging from 13C to 16C degrees. Warmer weather will return early next week.

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