Bank holiday fun in the sun as temperatures set to soar
Fire up the barbecues this bank holiday weekend because Ireland is set to sizzle in some summer sunshine.
Met Eireann has predicted that this weekend will be dry, with temperatures reaching as high as 19C.
"The start of the week will be wet enough for many places, but on Thursday things start to change," Met Eireann forecaster Gerry Murphy said yesterday.
"There will be a warm front on Thursday that will bring warmer temperatures and possibly some rain.
"Temperatures will rise to a high of 14 degrees, but it won't be that warm."
Over the bank holiday weekend, though, the forecaster said temperatures will rise.
"On Friday and the weekend, temperatures will begin to improve with highs of 19 degrees. Temperatures will be highest in Leinster, Munster and east Ulster. It will remain mainly dry throughout the weekend."
Unfortunately, with good weather there is also an increased risk of skin cancer.
The Irish Cancer Society launched its annual SunSmart campaign yesterday, which encourages people to take measures to protect their skin.
Between 2005 and 2015 there was a 70pc increase in the incidence of skin cancer (melanoma and non-melanoma) in Ireland, with 11,785 cases diagnosed in 2015.
"Despite our cool and cloudy weather, UV rays can reach our skin most days from April to September and cause damage that increases the risk of skin cancer," said Kevin O'Hagan of the Irish Cancer Society.
"If the sun isn't splitting the stones, many people seem to think that UV rays are not something we need to worry about, but that is not true.
"You don't have to be in a Mediterranean country for the sun to do damage to your skin, and Irish people need to be aware of that.
"Whether it's sunny or cloudy, everyone should protect their skin this summer with sun cream, sun hats and sunglasses."