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Dublin: 13 °C Thursday 21 March, 2019
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Photos: Dublin Fire Brigade battles gorse fire near Howth Head as hot weather persists

Thunderstorms were forecast elsewhere but Dublin baked in sunshine as gorse fires rage.

Updated Jun 9th 2018, 3:34 PM

Howth Head fire Source: Niall Carson/PA Images

DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE (DFB) continues to battle gorse fires in Dublin this afternoon as the hot weather persist throughout the country.

Thunderstorms were expected to be widespread in parts of west Leinster and Munster this afternoon, while temperatures as high as 23 degrees can be found in parts of the country.

Howth Head fire Source: Niall Carson/PA Images

Dublin has managed to avoid the storms and is baked in sunshine, and the fire brigade currently has three pumps and a water tanker at Howth fighting gorse fires that have been raging since the early hours today.

More fires like this are expected as the present dry weather continues, DFB said.

It also had this advice for people to take care this weekend: “Take care out in the countryside this weekend. It’s VERY dry!

BBQ in designated areas, [and] take care disposing of cigarettes. If your kids are exploring with friends, teach them the dangers of gorse fires.

Howth Head fire Source: Niall Carson/PA Images

Met Éireann has forecast that any showers around the country will mostly dry out by later this evening.

Tomorrow then is set to be just as warm with highest temperatures of between 20 and 23 degrees in Leinster and Munster, with temperatures slightly lower in the other provinces.

Howth Head fire Source: Niall Carson/PA Images

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