Ireland may be about to benefit from a mini heatwave set to sweep across Britain

Chantelle Sweeney and Megan Desmond enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures at Sandycove
Chantelle Sweeney and Megan Desmond enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures at Sandycove

A mini-heatwave is set to hit the UK sending temperatures soaring into the 30s, making it hotter than Athens.

And Ireland may be about to enjoy the brunt of the warm front sweeping in from Europe. 

From Monday southern parts of the UK will see the mercury rising into the high 20s, with the possibility of temperatures exceeding 30C (86F) by Tuesday.

Scotland could also see temperatures in the low to mid 20s.

The warm front moving in from Europe will see the weather remain hotter than usual until Thursday, when it will give way to thunderstorms in the south.

Nicola Maxey from the Met Office said: "Monday is still looking fairly cloudy, but that starts to break up in the afternoon for parts of the southern half of the UK and down to the east coast.

"Tuesday will be quite sunny for England and Wales, slowly clearing towards the north. Certainly much of England and Wales is going to see areas of prolonged sunshine.

"Temperatures could reach the low 30s, and there is a slight chance that they will reach the mid-30s in the south."

According to Met Eireann, there is some uncertainty around next week's weather. 

"There’s still some uncertainty surrounding next week.

"Weather systems with bands of rain will be approaching from the Atlantic, but the high pressure in the east may keep most of the rain off our western shores.

"If this happens, there should be a good deal of dry, warm weather – with temperatures above normal."

According to the trusty guys over at next Monday, Tuesday and Friday are expected to be high-temperature days.

Monday is expected to be somewhat cloudy with sunny spells and temperatures in the late teens. 

Tuesday is expected to be a scorcher, though, with temperatures expected to reach around 21C. 

So, keep an eye on the weather because we just might be in for one of the hottest week's of the year so far!