Ireland will soon be sizzling under the hottest weather of the year so far, meteorologists have forecast.
Temperatures are due to reach 22° Celsius this afternoon, while tomorrow they could reach 24°.
However, there is due to be a certain amount of regional variation with the Sunny South East expected to enjoy the most sunshine.
“Temperatures getting up to 22° in some sunshine today,” Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather explained to Newstalk.
“And possibly even as high as 24° for a time on Friday but really, apart from the south east, it will be much cooler in the north west with temperatures struggling to get above 18 or 19°.”
Over the weekend, the temperature is then forecast to slide back down to around 16° with cloud cover in the south east and some scattered showers in the north west.
Last year the average temperature in Dublin in the month of June was 17.1°, while in 2020 it was recorded as 15.2° and in 2019 it averaged 16.8°.
June is usually the hottest month in the capital and the long term average in the area is 15.6° - meaning this week’s weather is very much an outlier.
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