The mercury rose to 30.4°C in Mount Dillon, Roscommon yesterday, the highest temperature of the year so far.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Ireland was 33.3°C at Kilkenny Castle on 26th June 1887.
The heatwave was due to warm continental air coming from the Sahara desert with Met Éireann issuing a status yellow high temperature warning that ended last night at 8pm.
The highest temperature recorded at our stations today: 30.4 degrees at Mount Dillon in Co. Roscommon— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) July 19, 2016
Met Eireann report that today will be "humid and cloudy in the east at first with some bursts of rain in places. Brighter fresher weather in the west will extend to all areas by early afternoon bringing sunny spells and a few showers. Highest temperatures will range 18 degrees to 23 degrees, best values in the east.'
The rest of the week will be the usual mixture of cloud, sun and rain in places.
But, it was fun while it lasted!
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