Ireland is set to be hotter than sun spots such as the Canary Islands and Morocco with temperatures expected to rise into the mid-20s this week.

The glorious weather experienced at the weekend is set to last until Thursday, according to Met Eireann.

Temperatures of 27 degrees are expected for the first half of the week, making Ireland hotter than holiday hotspots such as Tenerife, Lanzarote and Morocco, where temperatures there predicted to reach between 24 and 26 degrees.

The highest temperature of the year was recorded at Phoenix Park in Dublin on Saturday as the mercury rose to 26.8 degrees.

Record temperatures of 27 degrees are expected to be recorded in the south west of the country on Monday.

A Met Eireann forecaster said that Monday will be cloudier than the weekend but still a "mainly dry and warm day".

"Best temperatures will occur in the afternoon between 24 and 27 degrees, it will be cooler across north Connacht and Ulster with temperatures between 16 and 19 degrees.

"Tuesday will see the hottest weather in the southwest with temperatures anticipated to reach between 25 and 26 degrees."

"Wednesday will be warmest in the northwest of the country as winds veer further to the southeast during the course of the day.

"Temperatures up to 26 degrees at best in the afternoon there. Country wide temperatures will be between 20 and 24 degrees."

The good weather isn't expected to last until the weekend as Met Eireann predicts Thursday will "signal the end of the current spell of very fine weather, with the outlook becoming a good deal more unsettled."

Meanwhile the rest of Europe is baking under the heatwave,  heatwave with temperatures of 31 degrees recorded in London on Sunday.

UK forecasters predict the mercury will peak at 33 degrees on Monday.

Some parts of Spain reached 42 degrees over the weekend and 15 provinces are on orange alert this week, -meaning significant risk for high temperatures.