This mini-heatwave is about to heat up even further this Tuesday, which will be the hottest day of 2018 so far. 

Sun worshippers in Donegal will be delighted to hear that the north west is getting the best of the weather. We’ll be seeing highs of 26 degrees Celcius this afternoon – hotter than Spain, France and Portugal.

Sunshine, clear blue skies and a dry day is in store. Any rain will be likely to be in Munster and Connacht, says Met Eireann.

So get your SPF on and make the most of Donegal’s beautiful beaches and landscape today. The outlook for the week is looking great also, with steady highs of 21 degrees, but with more likelihood of showers.

If you are planning an outdoor BBQ or hike through the hills today, a warning has been issued to prevent against gorse fires.

Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle, is calling on people to mindful of not accidentally starting fires during the current dry spell.

He said “I am asking visitors to the county and indeed locals who are out enjoying the great weather we are getting at the minute to be very mindful when using Barbecues or even smoking as to how they dispose of them when finished.

“So I am appealing to all those enjoying out beautiful weather and countryside to be very safety conscious and careful when disposing of cigarettes or used barbecues.”

So take care if out and about, and enjoy the summer!