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Finally a summer? Heatwave is on radar

Forecasters say that from Sunday onwards, temperatures will rise above the usual 16-18 degrees Celsius mark for this time of year, marking the start of a mini heatwave.

Some parts of the country will enjoy a pleasant 23C as we head into the early part of next week.

Pat Clarke, meteorologist with Met ?ireann, explained that next week "Ireland will experience dry, sunny, pleasant weather with higher than usual temperatures for the month of June".

In Britain, many parts of the south east of England are experiencing a heatwave, with maximum temperatures already reaching the high 20s in some places.

This weekend will see mostly dry conditions, but cloudy conditions and scattered showers will make it seem a little bit chilly. Anyone heading to the Taste of Dublin Festival, which starts today and runs until June 15, can expect a largely dry weekend with a risk of showers on Friday and Saturday.

Those travelling to Co Mayo for this weekend's Westport Folk and Bluegrass festival can expect some heavy showers, throughout tomorrow.

Meanwhile, athletes and their families who will be in Limerick for the national Special Olympics tomorrow won't have to compete with unsettled weather. They will mostly enjoy dry conditions and maximum temperatures are expected to be between 16 and 20 degrees.

Irish Independent