Ireland is basking in one last day of sunshine today before cooler and unsettled conditions move in.

Met Éireann said that any mist and fog lingering this morning would gradually clear, leaving a largely dry and hot day.

But it warned that scattered heavy or thundery showers will develop in some parts in the afternoon.

"Very warm or hot with highest temperatures of 22 to 26 degrees generally, but reaching up to 27 or 28 degrees in parts of the midlands," said Met Éireann.

Sunshine drew people out to Lough Ree, Co Westmeath, this week

Met Éireann also said that "isolated heavy showers will gradually die out early tonight, leaving largely dry conditions and clear spells".

"A few patches of mist and fog will form in a light northerly breeze. Lowest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees."

It warned people to stay safe and protect their skin.

Tomorrow will be cloudy with sunny spells mainly in the south and east.

Showery outbreaks of rain will push into western coastal counties through the morning and afternoon before spreading further eastwards in the evening, becoming heavy or thundery at times.

The temperatures are also set to dip, with highs of 19C to 23C, but it will be cooler in western and northwestern coastal counties with highs of 17C or 18C.

The pollen count is also expected to go down.