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*Children enjoying the sun in Shannon on Sunday evening. Photograph: Joe Buckley

SHANNON RECORDED the hottest temperatures in Ireland on what has been the warmest day of the year so far.

Sunday was the hottest day of 2022 with a temperature of 26.2 degrees Celsius recorded at Met Éireann’s weather station at Shannon Airport. The record-breaking temperature was just ahead of that recorded in Co Galway, with a reading of 25.8C at Athenry.

Temperatures above 25C were also recorded at weather stations in Carlow, Roscommon and Tipperary, Westmeath, Mayo and Meath.

Crowds flocked to the coastal parts of the county to bask in the glorious sunshine with a large amount of jellyfish also making an appearance at Lahinch. Killaloe and Doolin also reported an increase in visitors.

Prior to Sunday, the highest temperature this year was recorded on Thursday when the mercury reached 25.1C.  The 32C recorded on June 18th in 2019 was the highest recorded at Shannon since 1976.

According to Met Éireann Sunday night is expected to be humid with fog in parts. The sunshine will continue tomorrow, with the capital likely to see the highest temperatures. Temperatures will dip slightly on Tuesday.

“We’re going to see a bit of a change then in the west and north through the second half of tomorrow. We’re going to see increasing cloud there and will turn a bit breezier with some patchy rain moving into the northwest tomorrow evening, and then that’s going to gradually push southeast and through the rest of the country Monday night into Tuesday and by Tuesday it’ll be that bit fresher right across the country,” meteorologist Matthew Martin outlined.

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