Status Yellow high temperature warning has been issued.
Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow high temperature warning for the entire country with temperatures of 27 to 30 degrees Celsius expected to occur widely today, Thursday, and Friday.
Temperatures will be in excess of 30 degrees in places.
People are asked to stay out of the sun between 11 and 3pm - the hottest part of the day. If you have to exercise or want to walk your dog, do so in the early morning before temperatures rise. Never leave pets in vehicles for any length of time and make sure your pets have access to shade and plenty of water throughout the day.
Apply sunscreen with a high SPF factor and good UVA and UVB ratings. Do not let children outdoors without applying sunscreen at least 20 minutes beforehand and reapply regularly as sweating will make sun protection less effective.
Check on your elderly or vulnerable neighbours and ensure they have enough water to drink and help them with any chores. The elderly are much more susceptible to heat exhaustion which can, in some instances, be fatal, so make sure you phone or drop in on older members of your community regularly over the coming days.
Don't waste water as supplies are very low across the county at the moment. Do not wash your car or fill paddling pools. For more water saving advice see here.
For more on the weather forecast see here.