Ireland set to bake in three-day 'mini-heatwave' this week
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Ireland set to bake in three-day 'mini-heatwave' this week

GET THOSE sun loungers out.

Ireland is set to bake in temperatures of over 20 degrees for three days this week as Met Eireann has forecast a dry and sunny outlook for much of the country.

Today, Wednesday and Thursday of this week will bring some much-needed sunshine to the country, with some easing of lockdown restrictions meaning citizens will be able to enjoy outdoor activities with up to four people.

Reopening of hardware and garden outlets means the good weather couldn't have come at a better time, as dab hands across the country will be able to get to work on their gardens in dry weather.

Met Eireann's national forecast has predicted that the clouds and drizzle that has beset much of the country will clear today, bringing sunny conditions to the south of the country which will spread to the rest of Ireland during the day.

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Much of Ireland is set to bake in sunshine this week

Afternoon temperatures will see highs of 21 degrees, with long spells of sunshine set to develop, although it will be cooler along coastal areas.

Tonight will be dry and clear, with night-time temperatures not falling below between 9 - 11 degrees.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, will see prolonged sunshine in many areas, again with highs of 21 degrees, although some areas in the west and northwest will experience some light drizzle.

However the good sunshine will remain on Thursday, and while cloud cover will become more thick in many areas, top temperatures of 20 degrees are still expected.

Thursday night, however, the main will make a reappearance, and there will be widespread showers, particularly in the west of the country, on Friday, with temperatures dropping to between 13 and 16 degrees.

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It's not all bad news, though, as Met Eireann have indicated that pressure will build from the south once again next week, resulting in rising temperatures and dry weather.

This means that the Leaving Cert may be cancelled, but the annual Leaving Cert weather-- aka a guaranteed heat wave while students sit exams-- is still on the cards.