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Temperatures to hit highs of up to 24c as fine weather set to last

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People out enjoying the fine weather yesterday on Dollymount Strand. Photo: Collins

People out enjoying the fine weather yesterday on Dollymount Strand. Photo: Collins

People out enjoying the fine weather yesterday on Dollymount Strand. Photo: Collins

Fire up the barbecue and break out the sun tan lotion - Ireland is set for balmy temperatures this week.

Met Eireann said we are in for a fine run of weather, even allowing for some showers early in the week.

Temperatures could soar as high as 24C from Thursday when it will be warm by May averages.

There will be good spells of sunshine today and tomorrow, with thermometers reaching 20C or 21C, but there will be spells of rain or drizzle, particularly in western areas.

"Tuesday will be dry in most areas with light westerly or variable breezes," a Met Eireann spokesperson said.

"It will be cloudy and misty at first with the odd spot of drizzle.

"Then it will brighten up, with warm spells of sunshine.

"Highest temperatures will range from 14C to 21C, with the best values in inland parts of the southeast.

"Wednesday morning will bring some rain and drizzle to the northern half of the country, clearing to give a mostly dry afternoon with some brighter spells gradually developing.

"The southern half of the country will stay dry all day, with early mist and fog clearing to give spells of sunshine.

"There will be little or no wind on Wednesday and maxi-mum temperatures will range from 16C to 22C."

Potentially even better weather lies ahead in the run-up to the June bank holiday weekend.

The rest of the week will be warm or even hot for late May, and there will be dry weather overall.

Some rain or drizzle may fall, mostly in northern and western parts of the country.

Dangers

The good weather will not be welcomed by all, with Dogs Trust Ireland issuing a warning about the dangers for dogs.

The charity is asking owners - especially those with older, overweight or "flat-faced" dogs - to be extra vigilant.

They should look out for signs of heatstroke such as excessive panting, red gums and tongue, heavy salivation, vomiting or diarrhoea, lack of coordination or loss of consciousness.

It said that as current lockdown restrictions now allow people to exercise within 5km of their homes, walking more often has become appealing to break up the boredom of restricted routines.

However, owners are being urged to walk their pets early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures have cooled.

If walking on tarmac, try the "seven-second test" - if it is too hot for your hand, it is too hot for a dog's paws.

Even only a brief spell in a hot car can be fatal to a dog, with temperatures inside rising from 22 to 33C in the space of 10 minutes.