Capital set to bask in sunshine, but lather on the lotion and stay safe
Good news for sun worshippers - the mini-heatwave which drew thousands to beaches and parks across the capital yesterday is set to continue.
Dubliners basked in sunshine yesterday, though offshore breezes kept the mercury below 20C, with the Met Eireann weather station at the Phoenix Park recording a high of 19.3C compared with the national hotspot of Valentia, Co Kerry, which soared to 28C.
However, the capital and counties along the east coast will feel the heat today as winds shift to a southerly direction.
Daytime highs will range between 20C and 22C and it will remain dry and sunny, according to Met Eireann forecaster Liz Coleman.
"It will stay warm and dry and beautiful in Dublin with no clouds," she said.
Tomorrow will continue to be warm, with highs of around 22C in the capital.
However, showers, some heavy, will hit Dublin and eastern counties in the morning, extending to the afternoon or early evening when the sun is expected to reappear before a more westerly regime moves in on Sunday, bringing cooler temperatures and showers.
Wildlife officials are urging the public to be vigilant against the spread of potentially deadly wildfires due to tinder-dry conditions.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) issued a warning to the public of the high risk of wildfires breaking out during the current hot spell.
Although a Status Yellow high-temperature warning for six counties in the south and west expired at 7pm yesterday, the risk of fire remains a serious concern.
Dr Barry O'Donoghue of the NPWS said: "Fires do not just happen in Ireland, they are caused deliberately or inadvertently go out of control.
"This is a risk during hot and dry periods of weather like we are currently experiencing."
Aside from the potentially disastrous impact of fires on public and private property and forests, they can have "devastating impacts on habitats and species and ecosystems that may have taken decades or centuries to establish, but can be lost in minutes in a fire", said Dr O'Donoghue.
He also urged anyone who sees a fire burning to report it immediately.
Met Eireann and the Marie Keating Foundation cancer charity are also warning of very high solar ultraviolet, or UV, rays today which, combined with over-exposure to the sun, can lead to premature ageing of the skin, sun damage and skin cancer.