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Temperatures hit 26C today amid a fresh heat warning as highs of 29C are expected in the coming days

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Met Éireann has issued a status yellow high temperature warning for 18 counties as the country experiences a significant heatwave.

The warning, which covers the whole of Leinster and Munster, is in effect from 12pm Thursday to 6am Sunday.

The forecaster said Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be very warm or hot, with highs generally between 27C and 29C.

It is warm at night with temperatures generally remaining above 15°C, although daytime temperatures may not be as high in coastal areas due to sea breezes.

Met Éireann has warned that this can lead to heat stress, particularly for the more vulnerable sections of the population.

There is also a high solar UV index and an increased risk of water-related incidents as people flock to the water to cool off.

There is also a weather warning as the county is set to experience a hot spell starting today which will continue through the rest of the week and weekend.

Daytime temperatures will widely reach the mid to high 20s and will remain uncomfortably warm overnight as well.

This comes as today is set to be another dry, warm and sunny day with highs between 24C and 26C, higher in places in Munster and Leinster.

Winds are slightly variable or calm with an afternoon sea breeze. A moderate southwest wind will keep the Connacht coast and west Ulster coast cooler.

Tonight is dry and clear with lowest temperatures between 8°C and 13°C with no wind.

Met Éireann forecasts that high pressure will dominate the weather pattern and each day will be dry, warm and sunny with light winds.

In the afternoon a sea breeze builds up for a few hours and the nights are dry and clear.

Thursday will be dry, warm, sunny and hot in Munster and Leinster with maximum temperatures between 24C and 28C. Sea breezes will return in the afternoon and it will be even cooler on the Connacht and West Ulster coasts.

It will be warm overnight, with temperatures generally not dropping below 10C to 15C and staying above 16C or 17C in places.

It will remain dry and clear with some coastal fog forming along the Connacht and West Ulster coast with light variable breezes.

Friday and Saturday will be hot and sunny with a slight chance of isolated rain showers.

Highest temperatures range from 25°C to 28°C or 29°C with light, variable breezes, hottest inland.

It will remain warm overnight with temperatures not dropping below the mid to high teens.

It’s going to be another hot day on Sunday with the beginning of sunshine, there is an increased chance of showers and they could be heavy with highs between 25C and 29C with light easterly breezes.

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