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Temperatures set to soar to 24 degrees on some of the warmest days of the year

'High pressure will dominate our weather for much of this week, bringing a good deal of warm, dry and bright weather'

A man dives into the sea while people enjoy the sunshine

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Some of the warmest days of the year will see temperatures hitting 24 degrees this week.

While today will be warm and dry things really begin to hot up tomorrow and through to Friday.

“High pressure will dominate our weather for much of this week, bringing a good deal of warm, dry and bright weather with temperatures reaching the low to mid-twenties generally,” Met Eireann said. “However, it will turn more unsettled from later Friday and over the weekend.”

The forecaster added that any mist and fog will clear this morning to leave a warm and generally dry day with spells of sunshine over much of the country. Highest temperatures will be between 20 to 23 degrees generally, although it will be cloudier over north-western coastal counties.

Isolated patches of drizzle will see 16 and 20 degrees near western and northern coasts, in a light to moderate northerly breeze.

Tonight will be dry with clear spells and patches of mist and fog will develop in a light northerly or variable breeze.

Temperatures will dip to 7 to 10 degrees before the sun rises on another warm and mainly dry day with spells of sunshine. Isolated showers will develop in southern coastal areas in the afternoon and although it will be cooler along north and northwest coasts with highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees, temperatures will rise to between 20 and 24 degrees over most of the rest of the country.

Thursday will start dry with sunny spells and although scattered showers will develop through the morning and afternoon, it will be another warm day with highest temperatures of 20 to 24 degrees

Any showers will die out early on Thursday night, leaving a generally dry night with clear spells. It will remain mild and close with lowest temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees with patches of mist developing in a light variable breeze.

It will be a dry and bright start to Friday with spells of sunshine. However, scattered showers will develop in the afternoon before cloud builds over the southwest in the evening, bringing outbreaks of rain across Munster later in the day.

“Another warm day with highest temperatures of 19 to 24 degrees, coolest along the south coast in a light to moderate southerly breeze, fresh at times in the southwest,” Met Eireann adds.

There will be outbreaks of rain spreading northwards over much of the country on Friday night although parts of Ulster will hold dry until morning. It will be another mild night with lowest temperatures of 11 to 15 degrees in a light to moderate south-easterly breeze.

Outbreaks of rain will spread further northwards early on Saturday, followed by widespread showers, turning heavy and possibly thundery at times. It will remain relatively mild but highest temperatures will dip to between 17 and21 degrees in a moderate southerly breeze.

“Further outlook is for it to remain generally unsettled into early next week with heavy showers at times or longer spells of rain,” Met Eireann adds. “It will stay mild but temperatures will return to around normal.”

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