Summer is set to finally arrive on the Emerald Isle with temperatures as high as 27 degrees Celsius predicted to scorch the country this week.
Irish Meteorological Service, Met Eireann, has forecast the ‘hottest week of the year’ for Ireland with temperatures progressively rising from Monday.
The pending ‘heat wave’ may be brief with a risk of rain at times but there is no doubt it will be hot with Thursday believed to set the record for the hottest day of 2019.
An uncertain start
Despite the promise of much-anticipated sun, the week is predicted to start with some less desirable weather conditions.
Thundery showers are expected to soak southern counties on Monday while Dublin and parts of east Ulster are at risk of getting the heaviest downpours throughout the day.
Highs of 19 degrees Celsius in the Capital may sound welcoming for the working week but the air will feel humid and heavy.
Any sunshine will appear hazy with rain and thunder replacing it in the afternoon, leaving risks of flooding in parts of the east.
As the rain clears throughout Monday night, Tuesday is forecast to see a rise in temperatures across Ireland.
Northeasterly winds will remain light but pick up slightly along the west coast while temperatures will reach highs of 22 degrees Celsius in parts of Connacht.
Risk of showers will remain in the south and north of the country with little or no rain predicted overnight.
Temperatures will stay in double figures as Wednesday arrives to dry conditions and lots of warm sunshine.
The south will get the best of the weather with highs of 23 degrees Celsius in Cork.
Northerly winds will keep Ulster slightly cooler but it will stay dry and sunny with highs of 18 degrees Celsius.
Wednesday’s weather will continue to be pleasantly dry overnight with a risk of light scattering of showers along the southwest coastline that will clear quickly.
Thursday is forecast to bring more sunshine and temperatures rising high enough to make it the hottest day of the year so far.
The midwest will experience most of the sunshine with temperatures set to reach a sizzling 27 degrees Celsius.
The rest of the country will bask in the summer sun with west Cork and Clare predicted to enjoy a toasty 25 degrees Celsius.
The southeast will be cooler with highs of 19 degrees Celsius but with plenty of sun, clear skies and light winds.
The north of the country will reach highs of 20 degrees Celsius on Thursday with the evening feeling humid and remaining so during the night.
Enjoy it while it lasts
Friday will bring another great day for any sun lovers with clear skies and highs of 26 degrees Celsius predicted in the west and the Midlands.
Dublin will feel the coolest part of the country at 20 degrees Celsius in the city centre.
The rest of Ireland will continue to bask in the hottest week of the year well into Friday evening, bringing perfect beer garden conditions to end the week.
Conditions will feel muggy and humid throughout the night bringing the risk of downpours into Saturday.
Met Eireann warns of heavier downpours and thunder in places as the weekend progresses while temperatures will gradually drop ahead of Sunday, bringing the hottest week of the year to an end.