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Heat is on Ireland weather: Mercury to soar to 24C as ‘Azores high’ settles over country

Met Éireann has forecast glorious sunshine, particularly for Dublin and the east coast

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Pictured enjoying an ice cream at the Dock beach Kinsale was Chloe Best and Clodagh Callagy from Newry. Photo: Denis Boyle

Pictured enjoying an ice cream at the Dock beach Kinsale was Chloe Best and Clodagh Callagy from Newry. Photo: Denis Boyle

Pictured enjoying an ice cream at the Dock beach Kinsale was Chloe Best and Clodagh Callagy from Newry. Photo: Denis Boyle

Break out the sun cream, T-shirts and barbecues as the long-awaited Irish summer is set to arrive with dry weather, spells of glorious sunshine and balmy temperatures of 23C or even 24C.

Despite the risk of the odd rain shower, Ireland looks set for Mediterranean-style conditions thanks to a high pressure zone from the Azores which is expected to settle over the country for several days from mid-week.

The weather system is being driven over Ireland by the jet stream – and will bring some glorious spells of sunshine, particularly for Dublin and the east coast.

However, Met Éireann warned that staycationers and families planning barbecues will first have to settle for cloud and drizzle today, which may linger until Wednesday.

The best of the sunshine is likely from Thursday, although it will be increasingly warm and humid from tomorrow night, particularly on the east coast.

Met Éireann said it will feel much warmer as this week progresses, although Atlantic counties will see a risk of rain showers.

"Most areas will be dry on Monday with sunny spells and a moderate southerly breeze,” it said.

"However, it will become cloudier across west and south-west coastal counties with patchy drizzle, followed by scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle in these areas through the afternoon and evening with highest temperatures of 15C to 20C.”

"Tuesday will again be generally cloudy with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle, mainly confined to Atlantic counties through the day."

Temperatures will again hover between 16C and 21C – with the best of the sunshine in the midlands and east coast.

"There will be scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle on Wednesday which will turn patchy through the day with spells of summer sunshine gradually breaking through.

"It will be warm and humid, with top temperatures of 17C to 23C.

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"Thursday will be warm, humid and breezy with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle. It will be somewhat drier and brighter across the eastern half of the country.

"Friday will brighten with sunny spells into the afternoon, after a mostly cloudy start though it will feel a little fresher with highest temperatures ranging 15C to 21C."

Met Éireann said next weekend could see further dry and bright conditions.

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