Ireland provisionally records highest temperature in over a century

Ireland provisionally records highest temperature in over a century

MET ÉIREANN has said a temperature of 33°C was reported from the weather station at Phoenix Park in Dublin at 1pm today.

This a a provisional report, but if confirmed it will be the highest temperature ever recorded in Ireland in July and breaks the high temperature records for the 21st and 20th century.

The highest temperature ever reported in Ireland was 33.3°C at Kilkenny Castle in 1887. Met Éireann says this record stands but some have called in recent years for it be reassessed.

The previous record at Dublin was 31.0°C in July 2006 at Casement.

Temperatures may continue to rise further, Met Éireann added.

Meanwhile, many Met Éireann weather stations have recorded temperatures of over 30°C today including in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Oak Park in Co Carlow and Dunsany in Co Meath.

The hot weather has prompted Met Éireann to issue a hot weather alert that is due to expire at midnight tomorrow.

Earlier, it said that people across the country will experience "exceptionally warm weather" today with daytime temperatures of 27C to 32C generally.

In Wales, it is also provisionally the hottest day on record, according to the Met Office, with temperatures reaching 35.3C at Gogerddan.

It's also already the hottest day of the year across the UK. The Met Office says it was 37.5C at Cavendish at 3pm.