Ireland experiences a heat wave with temperatures in some places hitting highs of 28 degrees Celsius.

Sizzling summer weather have given some parts of Ireland an almost tropical feel with temperatures the highest since the heatwave of August 1995.

Met Éireann say the highest temperature was in Shannon in County Clare where a mid afternoon high of 28 degrees was recorded. The inland towns of Mullingar in County Westmeath and Birr in County Offaly also recorded temperatures of 28 degrees.

The west coast from Donegal to Kerry generally got the best of the weather, and at 3:00 p.m. a 26 degree high was recorded on the west Mayo coast. Conversely, the traditionally sunny southeast of Ireland recorded the lowest temperatures as a heavy mist persisted.

Fáilte Ireland are expecting the good weather to impact positively on local tourism as a good spell always gives a boost to the demand for weekend breaks.

Coastal parts of the country are reporting some of their busiest days as thousands of holiday makers and day trippers head for the beach, determined to make the most of the good weather and work on that suntan.

However, the Department of Health and Irish Cancer Society are highlighting the danger of too much exposure to sun rays and have advised people to ensure their skin is protected at all times.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 August 2003. The reporter is Peter Leonard.