Cooling off: local children and teenagers jumping into the Grand Canal at Suir Road Bridge in Drimnagh, Dublin, yesterday.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Weather forecasters are saying today looks set to be the hottest day of the year, with temperatures expected to reach more than 27 degrees. Oak Park (...)

 Alex Kucovs from Latvia/ Portmarnock joins swimmers, sunbathers and sandcastle makers on Portmarnock Beach today.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather alert heading into the weekend, indicating temperatures of as high as 30 degrees continuing into next week. Ba(...)