Yesterday was the hottest day of the year, and it's set to be even hotter today 1 month ago

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year, and it's set to be even hotter today

Has summer finally arrived?

What a scorcher yesterday was, huh?

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Thousands of holidaymakers made their way to the beaches and parks of the country to enjoy what can now be confirmed as the hottest day of 2022 so far.

The forecast of a cracker came good, with the mercury reaching 26.2 degrees at Shannon Airport in Clare on Sunday (10 July).

Beautiful weather was to be found across the country, with similar temperatures in Galway, Carlow, Westmeath, Roscommon, Mayo, and Meath.

Met √Čireann operates 21 synoptic stations across the country, which measures weather every six hours.

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The lowest temperature registered was 16.4 degrees at Malin Head in Donegal, only 4.2 degrees lower than the previous hottest day of the year.

Incredibly, it looks as though we could see that record beaten once again this Monday (11 July).

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Met √Čireann is predicting that "mist, fog and low cloud will clear this morning to leave a largely dry day with spells of hazy sunshine".

While the weather will be warm, cloud will thicken across the north and west, bringing patchy rain to the northwest in the evening.

Other parts of the country will remain largely dry, with the temperature predicted to hit as high as 27 degrees in Dublin today.

The rest of the week is forecast to be lovely and warm as well, with temperatures between 19 and 23 degrees predicted nationwide on Tuesday (12 July).

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It isn't all good news, however; more patchy rain and showers are forecast across the country, mostly impacting the west and north.

On the bright side (literally and figuratively), Met √Čireann is predicting that the weekend will bring plenty of dry and warm weather, with a chance of a few more showers for Connacht and Ulster.

UV levels are set to be high across the next few days, so be sure to break out the Factor 50.

As the man says, everybody's free to wear sunscreen.