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Wicklow car parks full as country enjoys hottest day of the year

Gardaí also warned that many car parks at popular locations in Co Wicklow are full and anyone parked illegally will receive a fixed charge penalty notice
Stock image. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Stock image. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Neasa Cumiskey, Edel Hughes and PA

Gardaí have asked the public to be mindful of others when out and about today as Ireland enjoys the hottest day of the year so far.

People have been flocking in their droves to beaches, parks and picnic spots to enjoy the sunshine as the mercury hit over 24 degrees in parts of the country.

Gardai announced that car parks in popular outdoor locations in Co. Wicklow are now full and anyone parked illegally will receive a fixed charge penalty notice with the risk of their vehicle being towed.

A message sent from An Garda Síochána’s Twitter account this afternoon read: “Car parks in many of the popular public activity locations in Co. Wicklow are now full.

“Illegally and dangerously parked vehicles will receive FCPNs and be towed / removed.

“Please think of others and safety when enjoying the good weather today. #StaySafe #SocialDistancing.”

It comes as temperatures skyrocketed and Met Eireann confirmed Oak Park in Carlow has recorded the hottest day of the year yet, with highs of 24.6 degrees.

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Moore Park in Cork sizzled in 22.2 degree heat yesterday with Oak Park being the next hottest area at 21.7 degrees, Met Eireann data shows.

Cork Airport also basked in the rays, with 20.3 degree highs recorded there.

So far this year, the highest temperatures were recorded at Newport Furnace in Mayo where the mercury hit 23.1 degrees on May 30.

Today will see further dry and warm weather in most areas, with sunny spells, especially in the east and south.

Unfortunately, it won't last long with "changeable" weather in the week ahead.

Met Eireann revealed we can expect some rain at times, but overall a good deal of dry weather before it turns cooler from midweek.

The UK is also soaking up the sun with scorching 29 degree highs expected today.

The Met Office said that the hottest temperature recorded on Saturday was 24.8 degrees at Kew Gardens in London, with 24.6 degrees recorded at Heathrow and St James’s Park as well.

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