The West of Ireland can expect another warm day, but temperatures not quite as high as yesterday, which is believed to have been the hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures in the West rose to the high 20's - with 28 degrees recorded in Shannon and Kerry, while closer to home, Newport enjoyed 25 degrees with 24 recorded in Claremorris and 23 degrees in Knock.

Forecasters are predicting another warm day today, with temperatures in Connacht reaching 20-25 degrees.

Sunshine this morning, but cloud building with a very heavy showers possible in Mayo and Galway.

Met Éireann has warned that the UV index and pollen levels will both be "very high" for the coming days as temperatures soar.

Meanwhile, wildlife officials are urging the public to be vigilant in the face of potentially deadly wildfires due to tinder dry conditions.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) issued a warning of the high risk of wildfires breaking out.

Tomorrow will remain warm with sunny spells and highs of between19 and 24 degrees in the West, while  there's a chance of a few showers breaking out  -some heavy.




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