Ireland will be hotter than Malaga this week with Met Eireann forecasting a spring scorcher.
The mercury is set to reach 18C thanks to a big area of high pressure, which is set to dominate over the coming days.
Temperatures of 18C means Ireland will be hotter than parts of the south of Spain, where Malaga is expecting highs of 15C and 16C this week, with rain also expected.
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In comparison, Ireland will enjoy days of mostly dry and sunny conditions - however Met Eireann has pinpointed when the ‘mini-heatwave’ will end.
It says the weather will “turn a little cooler this weekend, with highest temperatures of 12C to 15C or 16C.”
In the meantime though, Ireland will bask in warm temperatures with plenty of sunshine.
In its forecast for Monday, Met Eireann said: “Dry and mostly sunny for the rest of the day. A little cloudier or hazy at times, mainly in western and southern areas.
“Highest temperatures of 11C to 15C or 16C, coolest along southern and eastern coasts. Moderate southeast winds, winds a little fresher in the southwest."
Looking ahead to tomorrow, the national forecaster continued: “Tuesday will bring good sunny spells, mixed with some cloud at times. It will be dry for many places, however a few showers will break out during the late morning and afternoon.
“Highest temperatures of 11C to 16C or possibly 17C, warmest in the midlands, north and west, in moderate or fresh southeasterly breezes, easing later.”
Things are due to heat up even more from mid-week.
Met Eireann continued: “Most areas will be dry and sunny through the day on Wednesday. Mild with highest temperatures of 13C to 17C in mostly light southeasterly breezes. Turning chilly later with another dry and mostly clear night. Lowest temperatures of 1C to 4C generally with very light winds decreasing calm in places. Some grass frost will form in parts with some mist and fog patches around dawn.
“A very mild, dry and sunny day On Thursday with light breezes. Possibly cloudier at times in the north or northwest. Highest temperatures ranging from 13C to 17C or 18C. Turning cold again after dark with some frost and fog patches.”
The good weather is set to continue into the weekend, however it is due to turn a little cooler.
A forecaster said: “Current indications suggest it will continue mainly dry and sunny for Friday with light to moderate, mainly easterly breezes. Highest temperatures generally of 13C to 16C, coolest on exposed coastal fringes.
“The weekend looks mainly dry with sunny spells in moderate easterly winds. Turning a little cooler with highest temperatures of 12C to 15C or 16C.”
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