Monday 24 April 2017

RTE weather woman Joanna Donnelly celebrates our heatwave: 'In 14 years I've never seen a 30 on a chart'

Photo: Twitter/ @JoannaDonnellyL
Photo: Twitter/ @JoannaDonnellyL

Geraldine Gittens

This heatwave has the nation talking, so much so that #heatwave is trending on Twitter.

Tomorrow is set to see a bumper day of sunshine and even RTE weather woman Joanna Donnelly is celebrating.

The meteorologist said today: "In 14 years I've never seen a 30 on a chart."

"We're going to 28 tomorrow," she added, appearing to refer to Met Eireann's headquarters in Dublin.

Tomorrow, areas like Athlone, Mullingar, Thurles, Carrick-on-Shannon and Portlaoise will see the top temperature, while Dublin is set to hit in the region of 28 degrees. Most areas will see temperatures over 27 degrees.

Met Eireann has issued a status yellow high temperature warning for Ireland beginning tomorrow at 10am and continuing until 8pm tomorrow evening.

The summer of 1995 was the driest and warmest ever on record. Heatwaves were recorded at most meteorological stations in July 1983, August 1984, June 1995, August 1995, June 2003, August 2003 and July 2006.

Donnelly, a Finglas native and mother-of-three, who has been working as a meteorologist for 14 years, has herself been trending on Twitter today.

Having only just started training for her TV gig one year ago, the weather woman has proven a huge hit with viewers.

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