Soak up the scorching sunshine at festivals and sporting events ... as dreaded showers are coming
SCORCHER: Warmest summer in 30 years on way
THE bank holiday has arrived and with it the Leaving Cert weather.
Festival goers got a preview of what is expected for the next few months as forecasters anticipate that Ireland is in line for the hottest summer on record for 30 years.
But experts said that it is time to make the most of the sunshine as it won't be around for long now.
Scorching temperatures throughout the day will suddenly change to miserable cloudy conditions and outbreaks of rain by tomorrow.
Thousands of people attending Ireland's biggest flower show, Bloom, in the Phoenix Park, have been urged to take extra care with sunblock today as the medical centre was overrun with people suffering from heat exhaustion and sunburn.
And caring staff even had to apply extra sunblock to the delicate skin of little pigs at the food village to prevent them becoming burned.
Snooker player Ken Doherty, musician Gemma Hayes and Minister for Health Dr James Reilly were among the celebs spotted soaking up the sun at the four-day flower show in the Phoenix Park.
However, showers are on the horizon tomorrow and Monday, weather forecasters have predicted. Today is the day to dust off the barbecue as it is the only sizzler over the bank holiday weekend.
"There are big changes on the way over the course of the weekend," Met Eireann forecaster David Rogers said.
"There will be wall to wall sunshine today but by Monday it will be well below average temperatures and 10 degrees lower than temperatures today.
"The weather will make a complete turnaround on Sunday when clouds move across the country and although it will be sunny in places, it will continue to feel a lot cooler," he added.
It's also lining up to be a jam-packed sports weekend with Ireland facing Macedonia in a crucial Euro 2011 qualifier this evening.
Dublin will take on Laois in the Leinster SFC quarter-final on Sunday afternoon with tickets still on sale at Ticketmaster and usual outlets.
And the summer festival season kicks off with a bang at Bulmers' Forbidden Fruit -- Dublin's first alternative music session in the grounds of Irish Museum of Modern Art at Kilmainham.
There are just a few tickets remaining for the boutique festival, which includes a mouthwatering line-up of The Flaming Lips, Wild Beasts and Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip.
A free shuttle bus is available to transport festival goers to and from the music, art and fashion festival in the city centre.