Ireland hotter than the Mediterranean as temperatures soar 3 months ago

Ireland hotter than the Mediterranean as temperatures soar

Irish temperatures are beating out Mediterranean destinations such as the Costa del Sol and the French Riviera.

As a heatwave grips the nation, Ireland has seen itself become one of Europe's hottest countries this week, with temperatures reaching just shy of 29C on Tuesday.


This high of 28.8C was recorded at Met Eireann's Oak Park meteorological station in County Carlow, and has seen yesterday declared the warmest day of the year so far.

Heatwave Ireland Swimmers enjoy the heatwave at Dublin's Sandycove pier on Tuesday. (Credit: Rolling News)

Counties Cavan and Roscommon were the second and third warmest in the nation, reaching highs of 26.5C and 26C respectively.


The customary Leaving Certificate heatwave is set to continue though, with the State forecaster predicting highs of up to 27C in parts of the country today.

These sizzling temperatures will be reserved for more inland areas, with coastal locations set to be slightly cooler.

Despite these record highs though, Met Eireann yesterday also updated the public on the possibility of thunderstorms throughout the country.

So, whilst good spells of hazy sunshine are expected, it is also likely that scattered heavy downpours or thunderstorms will develop in the afternoon and evening, mostly in the west, with some hail and spot flooding possible.


In a weather warning released today, Met Eireann added that there is a possibility for localised flooding, difficult travelling conditions and power outages in counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway and Mayo.

Mild nighttime temperatures are also set to continue, with highs of 15C forecast for Wednesday evening.


The heatwave is expected to roll on into Thursday, with highs of between 22C-26C forecast. However, scattered showers are still a possibility for the midlands and west of the country.

Showers are also set to begin moving up across the country from southern regions on Thursday night, with some heavy or thundery downpours in parts predicted for Friday.

These showers will bring with them cloud cover, resulting in the daily high temperatures falling to between 19C and 24C.

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