Heatwave ahead as weekend temperatures set to reach 24 degrees

Highs of 26 and 27 degrees are forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday

Sunny and hot days on the way across Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Sunny and hot days on the way across Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

 

Ireland is set for a heatwave over the next week with temperatures rising to 24 degrees this weekend.

Temperatures will increase significantly over the coming days, with highs of 26 and 27 forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be sunshine each day, and it will stay dry everywhere.

Met Éireann’s definition of a heatwave is five consecutive days of maximum temperatures of 25 degrees and over for a given location.

Met Éireann forecaster Gerry Murphy said there is a “good possibility” these conditions will be met.

“There is high pressure going to dominate our weather for at least the next 10 days, which will mean that in general our weather will be dry with good sunshine for much of the time,” Mr Murphy said.

“You would expect temperatures to be in the mid-to-high 20s by the middle of next week.”

Today it is forecast to be dry with sunny spells with highest temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees with light north to northwest breezes. Tonight will be cool with lowest temperatures of five to eight degrees, with patches of mist in some places.

Tomorrow will be a dry, mild day with some sunny spells and cloudy periods. Highest temperatures will be between 19 and 21 degrees with conditions a little cooler on some coasts, due to onshore sea breezes. It will be cooler overnight with lows of six to nine degrees.

Sunday will be a warm and sunny day with temperatures rising to between 20 and 24 degrees. It will reach 25 degrees on Monday.