Firefighting efforts are continuing on the Slieve Bloom Mountains for a fifth day today as the heatwave is set to continue through the coming week.

Offaly and Laois Fire Services now have the fire contained to a small area. Together with Coillte they are working to extinguish it.

The fire broke out on the Offaly side of the midland mountain range on Wednesday.

Wind and dry conditions saw it spread across the border to Laois by Wednesday night.

Authorities are asking people to avoid the area while firefighting continues.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow weather warning remains in place for the week ahead.

Met Éireann is warning that drought conditions will be exacerbated as the dry and warm weather continues through the week.

Temperatures are forecast to remain in the high 20s all week and will reach highs of 27C tomorrow.