Lough Owel yesterday afternoon.

Status orange warning continues for Westmeath

A status orange high temperature warning remains in place until tomorrow morning (Friday) for Westmeath as temperatures are once again set to hit 30 degrees. The warning came into effect Tuesday afternoon and will remain in place until 9am on Friday.

Met Éireann also issued the warning for Counties Longford, Roscommon, south Leitrim, Monaghan and Cavan.

Today will be hot, dry and mostly sunny, although the sunshine will be hazy due to high level cloud. Highest temperatures of 26 to 29 degrees generally, reaching 30 degrees locally. Temperatures will be slightly lower along southern and eastern coasts with moderate onshore breezes.

Tonight will be another warm and muggy night feeling uncomfortable for some as temperatures remain above 17 or 18 degrees for much of the night. Dry with a good deal of high cloud and some clear spells. Misty in parts with light easterly or variable breezes.

Tomorrow (Friday) will be very warm or hot with good sunny spells. Scattered heavy showers or thunderstorms will develop in south Leinster and drift through the midlands into south Connacht and north Munster through the afternoon. Largely dry and sunny elsewhere with showers less likely to occur. Highest temperatures of 26 to 29 degrees. Less hot in east Leinster and south Munster with highs of 22 to 25 degrees due to a moderate easterly breeze.

Warm at first with some showers, temperatures will gradually fall back closer to average over the coming days.

Showers continuing in Munster overnight on Friday, with mainly dry weather elsewhere with prolonged clear spells. Humid and very mild with temperatures not falling below 15 to 17 degrees, along with light northeast winds.

Saturday is promised cloudy at times across Munster and south Leinster where scattered showers will affect coastal counties. Holding mainly dry elsewhere with isolated showers and sunny spells. Less hot than recent days with highest temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees, highest in the west, slightly cooler along the east coast due to a light to moderate northeast breeze.

Any lingering showers will die out early on Saturday night, becoming dry with clear spells in most areas, but some cloud around also. Lowest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees with winds falling light and variable.

Sunny spells again on Sunday with well scattered showers. Quite warm too with highest temperatures of 22 to 25 degrees in a light or moderate northerly breeze. Largely dry and clear overnight however showers will move onto northwestern coasts towards dawn. A mild night with temperatures generally holding above 14 degrees.

Monday will bring further showers which will be more widespread especially across the western half of the country. There will be bright or sunny intervals also. Highest temperatures of 19 to 24 degrees, warmest along east coast due to a moderate northwest breeze.