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We're set for a mini-heatwave as 23C temperatures to hit next week

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People enjoy the fine weather in the Phoenix Park yesterday

People enjoy the fine weather in the Phoenix Park yesterday

People enjoy the fine weather in the Phoenix Park yesterday

Temperatures could hit 23C next week with the country set to bask in a mini-heatwave.

Families can celebrate the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in glorious sunshine from Tuesday onwards - though this weekend will prove a mix of sunshine, cloud and showers.

Dublin and the east coast should see sufficient sunshine both today and tomorrow to allow for barbecues, picnics and even walks.

Met Eireann's Deirdre Lowe said householders can expect some fine weather next week thanks to high-pressure zones to the south and east of Ireland which should result in temperatures climbing well above 20C from Tuesday.

"[Today] will be bright with sunny spells in the morning and isolated showers affecting the west and north," she said.

"Through the afternoon cloud will increase from the west, with outbreaks of light rain or drizzle pushing into the west and north by evening with highest temperatures of 12C to 16C.

"[Tomorrow] is shaping up to be a mostly cloudy and breezy day across the west and north, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, becoming persistent and heavy in northern parts of Ulster later in the day."

Over the rest of the country, it will be largely dry for much of the day with a mix of cloud and bright or sunny intervals.

Misty

"However, any rain will be rather minimal in the east and south with highs of 12C to 17C," Ms Lowe said.

"Monday will be a milder day with occasional light rain or drizzle and misty at times near Atlantic coasts.

"There will be some bright or hazy sunny spells developing at times but a good deal of cloud overall and maximum temperatures of 14C to 19C." However, Tuesday will mark the arrival of a period of fine weather.

Temperatures will climb to as high as 23C along parts of the east coast and eastern midlands, thanks to warm winds sweeping over Ireland from southern Europe.

"At the moment it looks warm for Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures in the high teens or low 20s in a southerly airflow," Ms Lowe said.

"It will be nearer to the mid-teens near the south coast. There will still be some patchy light rain or drizzle about on Tuesday, but Wednesday looks to be mainly dry."