A heatwave has officially been declared in Ireland.

It's after temperatures have exceeded 25 degrees for the fifth day in a row, with Moore Park in Cork, recording 28.8 degrees.

Met Éireann's status yellow temperature warning remains in place until Monday.

Forecaster Gerry Murphy expects a number of locations will break the 30 degree mark again today.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow thunderstorm warning for the entire country has been issued for tomorrow.

The warning will come into effect from 3pm tomorrow until 3am on Monday, with what Met Éireann said will be "hit and miss thunderstorm activity along with hail and heavy downpours", which could lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

The RNLI and Irish Coast Guard are reminding swimmers to stay within their depth, and choose a Lifeguarded beach if possible, if heading to the sea today.

Kieran O'Connell from the RNLI says boat owners should also ensure they've a means of contact before they take to the water.

 

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