'African plume' to send temperatures into high teens
Temperatures are set to soar this week thanks to an "African plume" that will bring highs of up to 18C throughout Ireland.
Europe is currently seeing a week-long mini-heatwave as a burst of hot air travels across the continent from North Africa.
The 2,414km plume reached southern Europe yesterday before rising towards Ireland and the UK.
Last night, wind and rain battered most of the country, with gusts reaching between 80 and 110kph.
A yellow rainfall warning was issued for South Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford and Wicklow. It remained in place until 11am this morning.
However, sunny spells will begin to develop in most areas with temperatures reaching 13C to 16C degrees.
Met Eireann meteorologist Deirdre Lowe told the Herald that parts of the country will even see highs of 18C tomorrow.
"There will be a bit of morning rain on Wednesday, but once that clears, it will dry up and start to get much milder, apart from the west coast which will stay wet," she said.
"The midlands, especially, are going to have very pleasant weather, with temperatures reaching 17C and 18C.
"However, it will still be breezy and blustery with a lot of cloud.
"Thursday will be mainly dry with lighter winds.
"It won't be quite as warm as Wednesday, but we can still expect highs of 16C or even 17C."
Temperatures are set to take a downward turn from Friday and during the course of the weekend.
"It will be noticeably cooler with a few showers appearing, especially in northern counties with highs of 12 to 16C," added Ms Lowe.