Weekend temperatures are set to reach 27C degrees across the country, as Met Éireann said today has been the hottest day of the year so far.

Mount Dillon in Roscommon reached 27.1C, the forecaster said, beating the previous high of the year of 25.6C in Dublin's Phoenix Park on 13 June.

Met Éireann said high pressure will result in dry, very warm and mostly sunny weather for the weekend and into the start of next week.

Saturday will be very warm and humid with temperatures of between 23C and 27C expected, possibly rising to 28C, according to the forecaster.

On Sunday, there will be sunny spells for most of the country and it will be very warm with highs of 23C to 27C once again.

However, the southeast of the country may experience some light isolated showers from Sunday afternoon.

Into next week, the dry and sunny conditions are forecast to continue, with temperatures on Monday and Tuesday between 22C and 26C degrees.

Met Éireann has said that while there is "uncertainty in the forecast from midweek" the suggestion is that it will stay warm, dry and sunny on Wednesday.

A change to showery conditions could be possible from Thursday.