As a summer heatwave sets in full swing in the United States, the forecast for Ireland is rain, rain and more rain for the upcoming days.

Every state in the Lower 48, except for North Dakota, is forecast to have 90-degree weather until Saturday, but across the pond, Ireland is seeing the exact opposite with buckets of rain being dumped across the country through Sunday.

On Friday, Met Eireann in Ireland warned that widespread heavy and thundery downpours will affect all areas and may cause spot flooding in places. The north and west of the country will be the hardest hit, and temperatures should max out at 17C (63F), a far cry from the high 90s the United States experiencing.

The 98-degree reading at La Guardia Airport in New York on Wednesday was the highest ever on a June 20, beating the previous record of 96, set in 1953. Thursday could shatter previous heat records for New York City as a whole with a forecast of a staggering 100F.

Ireland should see a reprieve from the rain on Monday which is forecast to be dry and sunny with a high of 21C (70F). Tuesday, however, will see warmer weather but interspersed with showers again.

Similarly, the US should see a return to more mild temperatures in the 70s and 80s by early next week.

The extremes in weather coincided with the summer solstice, which was on Wednesday, June 20.



Nicholas McGrath, 3, of Arizona, leaps through a fountain in New York, June 20, 2012. The National Weather Service warned of potentially record-breaking temperatures in much of the country.Seth Wenig/AP