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Heatwave Met Eireann issue high temperature alert after temperatures rocket to 29C on 2021's hottest day yet

Yesterday saw temperatures peak at a staggering 29.5 degrees in Athenry, Co Galway, closely followed by a scorching 29.2 degrees in Mount Dillon and Dunsany, Co Meath.

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People enjoy outdoor service during the good weather in Dublin's city centre. Picture by Gareth Chaney/Collins

People enjoy outdoor service during the good weather in Dublin's city centre. Picture by Gareth Chaney/Collins

People enjoy outdoor service during the good weather in Dublin's city centre. Picture by Gareth Chaney/Collins

Met Eireann have issued a high temperature advisory after Ireland sizzled in 29 degree heat on the hottest day of 2021.

The forecaster previously declared Friday the hottest day of the year so far, with Mount Dillon in Roscommon seeing the gauge tip 27.1 degrees, which beat the previous high of the year of 25.6 degrees in Dublin's Phoenix Park on June 13.

However, yesterday saw temperatures peak at a staggering 29.5 degrees in Athenry, Co Galway, closely followed by a scorching 29.2 degrees in Mount Dillon and Dunsany, Co Meath.

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Swimmers enjoy the sweltering heat in Brittas Bay in Wicklow yesterday

Swimmers enjoy the sweltering heat in Brittas Bay in Wicklow yesterday

Swimmers enjoy the sweltering heat in Brittas Bay in Wicklow yesterday

And weather records were broken in Northern Ireland, where temperatures reached a baking 31.2 degrees in Ballywatticock, Co Down.

The previous hottest day on record was 30.8 degrees.

Met Eireann have also issued a weather advisory yesterday which will be valid until Friday, July 23.

A forecaster revealed: "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."

Irish country singer Cliona Hagan celebrated yesterday's stunning sunshine with a pic on Instagram as she declared: "Hello summer!"

She added: "Whoever said we couldn't reach 25 degrees here" and uses the hashtag "Irish summer."

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Cliona Hagan celebrates sunshine.

Cliona Hagan celebrates sunshine.

Cliona Hagan celebrates sunshine.

And the good news is the high pressure will result in dry, very warm and mostly sunny weather for the start of next week.

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Today will be another dry day with good spells of sunshine for most of the country, although there will be a little more cloud around, bringing the chance of an isolated thundery shower during the evening.

"It will be very warm, with highs of 24 to 29 degrees generally, but cooler in the northwest and along eastern coasts with highs there of 18 to 22 degrees," Met Éireann said.

After a warm and clear night, any low cloud will burn off tomorrow morning to leave good sunshine in light easterly breezes. "A few very localised showers may break out in the heat of the day over the south of the country," Met Éireann added.

But it will stay very warm with highs of 24 to 28 degrees, although cooler near northern and eastern coasts.

The good spell will last into Tuesday which will be another mostly dry and sunny day with light southeasterly or variable breezes.

The sunshine may become hazy on Wednesday and it will be warm with highs of 24 to 28 degrees, but there is also a slight chance of an isolated thundery shower.

3-DAY FORECAST

Today:

Highs of 24 to 29 degrees generally, but cooler in the northwest and along eastern coasts.

Monday:

Continuing very warm with highs of 24 to 28 degrees, cooler near northern and eastern coasts due to light easterly breezes.

Tuesday:

Very warm again for most places with "unbroken unshine" with highs of 24 to 28 degrees.

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