Saturday was officially the hottest day of the year so far 9 months ago

Saturday was officially the hottest day of the year so far

Ireland was hotter than Australia on Saturday.

Saturday was officially the hottest day of the year in Ireland so far.

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Met Éireann revealed that temperatures reached 23.6 degrees in Newport in Mayo on Saturday.

The weather service said this made it warmer than a variety of cities in Australia, although it did acknowledge that it is late autumn in Australia.

Athenry and Claremorris recorded temperatures of 22.1 and 22 degrees while Mount Dillon and Mullingar recorded temperatures of 22.6 and 22 degrees.

While temperatures may have been high, it brought with it some unsettled weather with a thunderstorm warning issued for Munster which expired on Saturday night at 10pm.

As for the rest of the weekend, it will be cloudy with few sunny spells and patchy rain and drizzle at times.

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We can expect isolated showers in parts of Ulster but some sunny spells will extend southwards through the afternoon and evening.

Tonight will be cold with dry clear spells with lowest temperatures of between 1 and 5 degrees, although it could be a touch colder in Ulster and north Leinster where there will be a risk of some frost.