Temperatures in Ireland exceeded 28C in some areas today as a heatwave continues to affect many parts of Europe.

Met Éireann said the highest temperature recorded today was 28.4C at Shannon Airport with 28C recorded in Valentia in Kerry and 27.4C at Moorepark in Cork.

A Status Yellow high temperature warning was in effect for six counties in the west and south during the afternoon.

The warning was for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Met Éireann also advised that the Solar UV index countrywide would be very high.

Met Éireann's Dr Klara Finkele said that an easterly flow was bringing warm continental weather to Ireland.

She said the good weather will last tomorrow, with some areas experiencing temperatures of 27C, but temperatures will drop after that.

Saturday will still be a warm day with temperatures ranging from 20 to 25C.

She said Sunday will be "quite breezy" and temperatures will return to normal in the high teens and low 20s from then.

Dr Finkele said it was too early to say if Ireland will experience further hot weather this summer.

The ESB has urged people not to swim in ESB reservoirs due to the risk of deep waters and fast-flowing currents.

The reservoirs include those at Poulaphoca and Golden Falls in Wicklow, Leixlip in Kildare, the Ardnacrusha headrace, Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid in Cork and Lough Nacung in Co Donegal.