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Sunburst Ireland weather: Hottest day of 2021 expected on Sunday as mercury to rocket to 25C

The heat is on today with highest temperatures of between 17 and 23 degrees

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Oscar and Roberto pictured enjoying the sunshine at Fortyfoot,Sandycove Dublin 
Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Oscar and Roberto pictured enjoying the sunshine at Fortyfoot,Sandycove Dublin Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Oscar and Roberto pictured enjoying the sunshine at Fortyfoot,Sandycove Dublin Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Ireland is set to roast this weekend with the hottest day of the year expected on Sunday as temperatures will hit a sweltering 25 degrees.

Yesterday, Phoenix Park in Dublin saw the thermometer tip 22.5 degrees on what was one of the hottest days of the year so far and temperatures are expected to reach 23 degrees today.

Across the city and Dublin Airport saw highs of 21.3 degrees while temperatures at Casement, Dunsany in Co Meath, Gurteen in Co Tipperary, Mullingar and Shannon Airport all hovered over the 21 degree mark.

The heat will continue today with highest temperatures of between 17 and 23 degrees, although it will be cooler in the south and west, and warmest in north Leinster and east Ulster with fresh southwest breezes.

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It will be a mild, humid and breezy day with a fair amount of cloud and some patches of rain or drizzle, especially in the south and west.

Outbreaks of rain and drizzle will spread eastwards tonight, and Friday will start off mostly cloudy and damp with some patchy drizzle and mist.

However, it will dry out in the morning and brighten up with sunny spells over the course of the day. Highest temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees, warmest in the east with moderate to fresh westerly breezes.

The national outlook is for a warm, summary and dry weekend and early next week with highest temperatures on Saturday of between 18 and 23 degrees.

Saturday night will be mainly dry although some drizzle will develop in the west before the sun bursts out on Sunday bringing with it bright spells and highs of 21 to 25 degrees.

It will be cooler and cloudier in Connacht and west Ulster with some patchy rain or drizzle in coastal counties where temperatures will hover around 17 to 19 degrees.

Monday will be largely dry with sunny spells, although it won't be as warm with highest temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees and light northwest breezes.

Tuesday will see the best of the sunshine over the eastern half of the country and it will be cloudier further west with perhaps some drizzle on the west coast.

Looking forward into next week and Wednesday and Thursday will be a bit cooler with a fair amount of dry weather and some rain or showers.

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