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Friday 9 December 2016

Get ready for the hottest day of the year

Aoife McInerney from Raheny & Muireann McHugh from Raheny enjoying the good weather in St. Stephens Green, Dublin.
Aoife McInerney from Raheny & Muireann McHugh from Raheny enjoying the good weather in St. Stephens Green, Dublin.
Emily Dobrobaba 7 months from Ringsend & Ervin Gasparian 6 months both from Ringsend enjoying the good weather in St. Stephens Green

Get out the shorts and shades, because today is set to be the hottest day of the year.

Today is expected to see the pick of this week's weather with highs of 21 degrees around the capital.

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Meteorologist for Met Eireann Dave Rogers said that the conditions today should be expected for this time of the year, but it won't be as hot country-wide.

"The temperatures will be pretty normal for this time of the year in the south and east of the country.

"It'll be warm in Dublin, and it could be as high as 21 degrees, but it won't be as good in the rest of the country, which will be a little colder and cloudier," he said.

Today's temperatures look set to trump those in a number of European cities - including Paris and Berlin but could yet be beaten by London, which may have highs of 23C.

Beaches across the city are expected to be filled with families, but Met Eireann is telling beach-goers not to expect warm water, and is recommending wetsuits.

The sea temperatures at around 10C are still quite cool for this time of the year, and a cold sea breeze will drop temperatures slightly around coastal areas.

However, the rest of the week doesn't look as promising, with Met Eireann predicting warm weather, but cloudy skies, along with some rain in parts of the country.

Wednesday will be dry and see highs of 17C to 18C, but the sunshine will be scuppered by clouds, with Thursday being similar. Meanwhile, a number of drizzly showers will interrupt Friday's sunshine in the Dublin area.

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