Today was the hottest day of 2022 so far, with temperatures nearing 26C recorded at weather stations across the country.
A temperature of 25.9 degrees was recorded at the Met Éireann weather station at Shannon Airport in Co Clare this afternoon.
At another weather station in Athenry, Galway recorded a reading of 25.8 degrees.
Air temperatures have increased slightly in many locations over the past hour, with 25.9°C reaching Shannon, Co. Clare Airport 📈🌡️
The highest air temperature recorded so far in 2022 ☀️
The full list of highest air temperatures will be released later tonight 👀 https://t.co/haSpClzTHU pic.twitter.com/wiAzcU6XKw
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) July 10, 2022
The warm temperatures and sunny weather seen so far this weekend are expected to continue, for the most part, into next week.
Tonight will be humid, with lows of 12C to 15C and long clear stretches overnight.
Monday will continue similarly with most areas remaining warm and dry, “with good spells of hazy sunshine”.
There will be cloudier conditions in parts of Connacht and Ulster, bringing scattered rain to those areas.
Despite the threat of drizzle, the weather is expected to remain “largely dry and calm” this week.
Tuesday is expected to be the worst day weather-wise, with clouds bringing scattered rain and drizzle in the morning. However, accumulations will generally be low.
During the afternoon, drier and brighter conditions will spread out from the northwest “as it gets a bit cooler in the north and west.”
Temperatures will hit highs of 23C, with the hottest weather in the southeast.
“Long clear periods will develop Tuesday evening with just a slight chance of a few light showers in the northwest,” Met Éireann said.
Temperatures will fluctuate between 17°C and 24°C from Wednesday to Friday, with most regions being sunny.
Some areas may see showers, particularly in the northwest, but most should enjoy dry, sunny spells.
Meanwhile, parts of Europe are experiencing wildfires and rising temperatures.
On July 8, the Portuguese government declared an eight-day state of alert due to an increased risk of forest fires.
Temperatures in the region could reach highs of 43C.
The weather conditions cause “a significant increase in the risk of forest fires” until July 15, according to a joint statement from five ministries.
Declaring a state of alert gives the government the temporary power to order precautionary measures.
In Spain, temperatures are expected to soar to 42 degrees Celsius over the weekend in some areas along the border with Portugal.
June rainfall in Spain was around half the 30-year average, and the country’s reservoirs are on average 45% capacity, according to government data.
Italy also recently suffered a prolonged heat wave and is experiencing its worst drought in 70 years.
Elsewhere in Britain, a heat wave prompted authorities to issue a heat health alert for some areas. People in affected areas are advised to shade or cover windows and to watch vulnerable people and the elderly.
The UK Health Security Agency’s warning will be in effect from July 11 to July 15, including the South East and East parts of England.
High pressure continues to control the UK weather well into next week, with highs of 31C possible on Monday and above 32C on Tuesday.
The heat wave is expected to subside later in the week when a cold front is expected to begin to set in.