24 degrees on the horizon in Ireland as UK puts fire warning in place 1 week ago

24 degrees on the horizon in Ireland as UK puts fire warning in place

Sweltering season is here.

Feeling humid today? You may well be.

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The weekend is here and it's been a decent week on the weather front thus far, with a notable rise in summer-like conditions. Which you'd expect, like. It is the middle of June, after all.

In any event, Friday (17 June) is looking like a particularly standout day, with Met Éireann forecasting maximum temperatures of 20 to 24 degrees in the south and southeast of Ireland in the early parts of the day.

In contrast, parts of UK are expected to reach 34 degrees, with England and Wales set to feel the majority of the heat on a day that firefighters are keeping an eye on.

"London is subject to a Level 3 (amber) warning, which gives a 90% chance that the city will be 'widely hot or very hot' on Friday and potentially into Saturday," notes a statement by the London Fire Brigade.

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"The news has also prompted a warning from London Fire Brigade to ensure people stay safe while enjoying the weather and don’t have any of their plans gate-crashed by firefighters."

As for Ireland, things shouldn't be quite so dramatic. As noted, Friday looks pretty good, with a dry and sunny start across south Leinster and south Munster turning cloudier and cooler elsewhere with "persistent rain" – okay maybe Friday doesn't look pretty good – over the north and west moving southeastwards as the day stretches out.

Highest temperatures generally of 15 to 19 degrees, though 20 to 24 in the south and southeast is possible in the early part of the day.

As for Friday night, conditions should be mostly dry alongside clear spells, though it will be cloudy and damp in southern areas. Lowest overall temperatures of 9 to 10 degrees are forecast.

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Saturday, meanwhile, will see cloudy conditions persisting throughout much of the day in the southeast, with sunshine developing in other parts of the country along with isolated showers, confined mostly to the northwest.

Temperatures will dip a little bit, with highs of 13 to 16 degrees anticipated. By nightfall, scattered showers in the west and north will make their presence felt, while it'll be a mix of cloud and clear spells elsewhere. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees are on offer.

As for Sunday, sunny spells and isolated showers will fight for attention in the morning, leading to a mostly dry and sunny afternoon with highest temperatures of 14 to 18 degrees. It will turn chilly in the evening, though, with lows of 6 to 9 degrees.

The early indications next week are to expect some unsettled weather, along with temperatures "close to normal for this time of year". An Irish summer it is, so.

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