After a week when Ireland basked in warm and summery conditions, there is some more good news: our dry spell is likely to continue over the weekend and into the early part of next week.
Temperatures in Offaly and other areas of the Midlands soared on Wednesday - reaching a balmy 25.3 degrees at the Met Eireann observatory in Gurteen Agricultural College.
Yesterday (Thursday) brought more moderate conditions, with a temperature of 15 degrees recorded in Gurteen at noon.
Met Eireann expects dry, mild and settled conditions to continue today (Friday) with temperatures of between 16 and 22 degrees.
The outlook for Saturday and Sunday is similar, with generally dry weather and temperatures in the high teens to low twenties forecast for Leinster. The skies will be cloudier than they were midweek, with some light rain or drizzle in places although there will be some good spells of sunshine also.
“The dry and settled conditions look like continuing into the early days of next week, but there are some signs that a breakdown may occur in the midweek,” predicted Met Eireann.
Hayfever sufferers should note that the pollen count is expected to remain very high today (Friday).