Hay fever and sunburn warnings issued as temperatures to hit up to 27 degrees 5 months ago

Hay fever and sunburn warnings issued as temperatures to hit up to 27 degrees

We're in for some more glorious weather in Ireland - but the public is being warned to take precautions.

The country is set to sizzle today and over the weekend, with Met Éireann forecasting highs of between 22 and 27 degrees for Friday.

But hay fever sufferers will have to endure tough conditions today and tomorrow.

The warm, dry, sunny weather means the pollen count is at the highest possible level, according to Met Éireann.

"As temperatures climb and the dry sunny weather continues, a very high pollen risk can be expected," Met Éireann said.

"Grass, weed and fungal spores are the allergens currently airborne."

Members of the public have also been cautioned about sun exposure.

The UV (ultraviolet) index is high across the country, leading to a high risk of sunburn.

Just 20 minutes in the sun can lead to burn, Met Éireann warned.

The Marie Keating Foundation has urged Irish people to safeguard their skin against the sun's rays.

Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm, wear sunglasses and a hat and apply suncream throughout the day, it has said.

"When it comes to sunscreen in particular there is lots of misconceptions and a lack of understanding around what is considered safe.

"It is key that you look for a brand that offers both UVA and UVB protection and is rated five star.

"There are also many myths around how much sunscreen to apply and how long it lasts, it is key that people get a better understanding, as rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are rising faster than any other cancer.”