Tuesday 28 February 2017

RTE weather woman Joanna Donnelly: 'In 2006 we got 32.3 degrees... Let’s see if we can beat that today'

Meadhbh McGrath

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

With the hottest day of the year upon us, Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning – and RTE’s Joanna Donnelly has admitted she’s rarely seen such high temperatures in her career.

A yellow high temperature warning has been in effect for Ireland since 10am and will continue until 8pm today

The meteorologist explained that a yellow high temperature warning is issued when temperatures are due to rise above 27C during the day.

“Daytime high temperatures aren’t really a danger to anyone because you can go in out of the sun and cool down and have a drink of water,” she told RTE Radio One’s Ryan Tubridy Show.

“But nighttime high temperature are actually quite dangerous because we don’t regulate our body temperatures as well at night, so if the nighttime minimum temperatures don’t go below 20C then we issue another warning.”

The Finglas native went on to say she had no idea under what conditions a red weather warning would be issued as she hasn’t seen temperatures rise high enough.

“I’m not even sure what a red warning is for temperatures,” she said with a laugh.

“Given that we don’t get 27C very often, I’m not au fait with how quickly we issue a red or orange warning.”

She added that while we have had higher temperatures before, we haven’t reached 33C in close to 200 years.

“We had 33C in Kilkenny about 200 years ago,” she said.

“On Wednesday July 19, 2006, we got 32.3C. Let’s see if we can beat that today.”

The mother-of-three has been working as a meteorologist for 14 years, and is even married to another meteorologist.

She began training for her TV role a year ago, and she told host Dave Fanning she’s started to get recognised by viewers in the street.

“Someone grabbed me in the shopping centre the other day and said, ‘it’s you!’ My kids were laughing at me.”

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