The weather across the country is going to become very warm and humid, particularly in the second half of the week, according to Met Eireann.

Forecasters say there will be some sunshine now and again but it certainly won’t be a settled week, as there will be rain at times and a risk of heavy thundery rain towards the end of the week, especially for the west and south.

Rainfall has been below average in most parts so far in July. However, on Western coasts and the far South East it was a little above average.

Sunshine so far this month has been close to normal and air temperatures varied between a little below average over Northern parts and mostly slightly above in the Southern half.

Soil temperatures at the moment are in the region of 1-2 degrees above average and they will rise further this week as the second half of the week is going to be very warm and humid.

With the humid conditions particularly from the middle of the week there is also a risk of blight.