Met Eireann has issued a national status Yellow Drought warning as the warm dry weather looks set to continue.

Householders across the country are being advised to keep sun creams and cool drinks at the ready as the country can expect another week of hot weather.

However, Met Éireann stressed that the coming days won’t see a return to the near-record temperatures of last week – when Ireland experienced 32C.

The coming week will see temperatures of between 22C and 27C with the best of the weather in the east, south-east and midlands. The south and west are likely to see some cloudier conditions with the odd shower.

But Met Éireann has warned that little or no significant rainfall is predicted for Ireland over the next five days, with a Status Yellow drought warning now in place.

The drought warning will remain in place until July 6 – though farmers and livestock owners are worried it could be extended still further.

Today, temperatures are expected to rise to almost 27C in parts of the country though some areas may prove cooler due to haze and cloud.Coastal areas will again be several degrees cooler due to sea breezes.

The Department of Agriculture and Coillte again warned that a Status Red forest fire alert remains in place.

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