Clouds on the horizon for Ireland after this week's tropical temperatures

Clouds on the horizon for Ireland after this week's tropical temperatures

THE WEATHER could be taking a familiar turn for Ireland after days of sizzling heat.

This week the country recorded the hottest temperature of the year so far as well as the first ‘tropical night’ in 20 years.

There was even an extremely rare Status Orange High Temperature warning issued.

But while temperatures are still expected to hit 28 degrees today, Met Éireann has issued a more familiar forecast for the week ahead.

Thundery showers

Monday will be overall cloudy with heavy or thundery showers forecast for tomorrow, which may lead to spot flooding.

Although there will be occasional sunny spells, temperatures will peak at 19 to 23 degrees.

Tuesday will be increasingly cloudy with further risks of localised flooding, as showers grow heavier and more frequent while temperatures continue to plummet.

The risk of flooding is expected to have passed by Thursday, with temperatures expected to peak around the mid to high teens for the rest of the week, which Met Éireann describes as average for this time of year.

However with today expected to remain largely dry and sunny with highs of 26 degrees, it may be a good idea to enjoy the beautiful weather while we still can.

It's a similar picture in Northern Ireland, with outbreaks of heavy, showery rain forecast by the Met Office for Monday, with longer spells of rain expected during the rest of the week.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 28 degrees today before falling to 24 degrees tomorrow and continuing to drop as the week progresses.