Top ten reasons Ireland is the best place on earth when the sun shines - PHOTOS

Residents of Our Lady's Manor nursing home, Edgeworthstown enjoy ice cream and a day in the sun at Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Everyone in Ireland rejoiced last week when the start of June brought scorching summer temperatures. Ireland's weather provider Met Éireann recorded temperatures in Ireland from 66F to 77F (19C to 25C) around the country last week.

In January Ken Ring, the long-range forecaster from New Zealand predicted that Ireland is finally set for a summer scorcher!  In July, he says temperatures will reach a tropical 30 degrees with possibly drought conditions expected in August followed by a balmy September. Could he be right? We certainly hope so, here's our top ten reasons why there is nowhere like Ireland when the sun shines.

It’s as if there has been a nationwide miracle when the sun shines in Ireland, as a result everyone is in a good mood. Photo of Forty Foot in Sandycove visa

If you think Ireland is green, wait until the sun comes out - everywhere looks beautiful! Here’s a photo of Ballina Co. Mayo captured last Wednesday by @mrcbehan

The farmers take advantage of the good weather, so they can cut the turf and save the hay

Sun worshippers get a chance to work on their farmers tan

Finally there’s an occasion to stuff your face with the best ice cream going - which one is your favorite?



















Ireland has a maritime influenced climate, which means there is little to low humidity

A long stretch in the evening means it stays bright until around 11pm. Kinsale at night via @jamanjee4

There are no mosquitoes in Ireland, so no need to worry about getting destroyed in bug bites

There’s finally an excuse to do more than just walk on the beach

A packed beach at Brittas Bay, County Wicklow, on Sunday, as the Irish take in the sun

People finally get a chance to use their BBQ and outdoor seating. Photo via Volkswagen Ireland,  Martin Coomey.