Thousands flock to beach on the hottest day of the year
Temperatures soared to over 27 degrees as the heat and sunshine sent thousands flocking to the seaside.
Beaches in Dublin, Wexford and Meath were packed yesterday - delivering an economic boost for traders, cafe owners and food suppliers.
Sun-worshippers have another 24 hours to enjoy the heat before the threatened return of clouds and showers.
For Dublin Zoo, it was a case of ensuring all animals had access to shade and extra drinks.
Ice-cubes were added to fruit and vegetables for animals which needed to cool down while the elephants, hippos and rhinos all enjoyed special showers.
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Dublin Chamber of Commerce predicted a major economic boost thanks to over-heated workers and shoppers heading to street cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Sandwich shops estimated a 50pc hike in trade as people enjoyed picnics in the sunshine in St Stephen's Green and the Phoenix Park and along Dublin's canals.
Baby Elephants enjoy a good soaking in The Summer Sun at Dublin Zoo yesterday
Leading ice-cream supplier HB confirmed it expects to sell 200,000 ice-creams per day during the hot weather.
"With the heat taking hold, we've seen a huge increase in ice-cream sales," said HB marketing director, Nigel Thomson.
Meanwhile, Dublin Fire Brigade appealed to people to be extra careful as they battled gorse fires in Howth and Killiney.
Irish Water Safety also urged everyone to adhere to safety guidelines and only use beaches supervised by lifeguards.
The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) warned people to exercise maximum care when sunbathing or enjoying the outdoors.
IPU vice-president Daragh Connolly said parents should take particular care with children in the sun and urged them to use loose-fitting clothes, hats, sunglasses and proper sun creams.
But the good news is that the fine weather is now expected to last for at least another 24 hours.
Met Eireann predicted further good weather throughout today though temperatures will begin to dip by tomorrow.