With temperatures set to hit the high twenties once again today, people are being advised to protect their skin.
Today will be mostly sunny and very warm, with top temperatures of 28C, according to Met Éireann.
It comes after the country’s highest temperatures of the year were recorded in Roscommon yesterday.
The good weather is set to continue right through the weekend with temperatures in the high twenties due once again tomorrow – although there will be “a little more cloud about” than today.
Sligo University Hospital Dermatology Nurse Specialist, Celene Daly told Newstalk people need to be extra careful about their skin in the sunny weather.
“With this weekend’s weather, we are going to have high levels of UV light around,” she said.
“Now UV light hasn’t got a taste, there is no smell to it and you can’t see it – it is invisible effectively.
“So, what we are asking people to do this weekend is to be what we call sun smart. So that means using an SPF of 30 or 50 and reapplying that every two hours.”
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ireland according to the HSE, with over 13,000 cases per year.
Ms Daly said children need protection when spending any time out in the sun.
“It is vitally important to protect children’s skin because their skin cells are still immature and we know sometimes it can take 20 or 30 years for skin cancer to actually develop,” she said.
“So, sunburning in childhood can actually result in skin cancer in later life.
“Children can also overheat very easily so it is very important to rehydrate them. It is vitally important to keep them in the shade between 11am and 2pm when the sun is at its strongest.”
It is a weekend for the beach and maybe even a dip and on Newstalk Breakfast yesterday, listeners had their say on the best swimming spots in Ireland.