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That's hot Met Eireann forecast 'very warm day' ahead as highs of 29C or higher expected this week

Yesterday saw temperatures peak at 29.3 degrees in Mount Dillon, Co Roscommon and it could get even hotter this week

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Swimmers at the Forty Foot

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Swimmers at the Forty Foot

Met Eireann are forecasting another scorcher of a day as Ireland basked in 29 degree heat yesterday.

The hottest day of the year was recorded on Saturday with the mercury rocketing to a sizzling 29.5 degrees in Athenry, Co Galway and Sunday saw temperatures peak at 29.3 degrees in Mount Dillon, Co Roscommon.

And Met Eireann say it could reach 29 degrees again today as forecasters revealed it will be "a very warm day."

The midlands look set to see the warmest weather, with the west, southwest and parts of the southeast also baking in the rays.

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Sunbathers at Forty Foot

Sunbathers at Forty Foot

Sunbathers at Forty Foot

However, it's yet to break the highest temperature on record for July. Back in 2006, the small town of Elphin in Co Roscommon saw highs of 32.3 degrees, the second hottest day ever recorded in Ireland.

Looking ahead to today, a forecaster said: "Mist and fog will continue to clear this morning with a very warm day ahead. Plenty of sunshine albeit a little cloudier along south and southwest coasts at times. Some patchy cloud will develop elsewhere too, with a slight chance of a heavy shower in the midlands later.

"Highest temperatures of 24 to 29 degrees generally, locally reaching higher and slightly cooler along north and east coasts due to a light onshore northeast breeze."

Tuesday will see more "widespread sunshine" and highs of 24 to 29 degrees or possibly even higher in some parts.

It'll be cooler by the coasts with sea breezes developing.

Wednesday will be "hot and dry", with highs of up to 29 degrees or higher locally.

By Thursday, it will be slightly hazier but we can still expect the sunshine with 24 to 28 degree highs.

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A weather advisory issued by Met Eireann on Saturday will be in place until Friday, July 23.

It says: "Continuing very warm until Friday, with day time temperatures into the high twenties and very humid at night with temperatures staying in the mid to high teens."

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