Dust off the jumpers – ‘normal’ weather service to resume
The heatwave has gone out with a bang as temperatures soared to a record-smashing 27.7C yesterday.
Oak Park in Co Carlow enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far, edging out the previous nationwide record of 27.1C set in Newport, Co Mayo on June 17.
The last record was also beaten in Shannon and on Mount Dillon, Co Roscommon, where mercury levels reached 27.4C, while Markree Castle in Co Sligo enjoyed a sweltering 27.3C.
Dubliners weren’t left out in the cold, with Phoenix Park experiencing a balmy 24.9C, and in the south the top temperature was 25.7C, in Moore Park in Co Cork.
However, forecasters said the recent scorching temperatures will be replaced by “normal” weather conditions today.
Flash floods and heavy rain marked the end of the hot spell for many areas in the past couple of days.
But a cold front due to move in from the western coast this morning will sweep across the country, pushing the last of the good weather away and bringing thundery downpours.
Met Eireann's Joanna Donnelly said that “cooler and fresher conditions” will be widespread today and tomorrow.
“Yesterday was the last day of the heatwave as such. Today there is going to be a front moving over the country from the west as forecast.
“It started last night in the west of the country, and it's going to give some heavy thundery downpours as it crosses over Connacht and Ulster, with more scattered showers elsewhere,” she said.
“As it moves eastwards, it is going to introduce cooler and fresher conditions, and it will return to normal weather for this time of the year.
“The east of the country is going to start out mostly dry today, but by lunchtime the rain or showers will have made their way across.”
The forecaster said that the “typical July weather” will bring some reasonably good temperatures, ranging between 18 and 22 degrees.
“There will be sunshine and showers on Sunday, and again temperatures will be normal for the time of the year,” Ms Donnelly added.
However, don't put the sun lotion away just yet, as next week is expected to remain reasonably dry with temperatures expected to climb as high as 22 degrees.
Billy Butler from Freedom Surf School in Tramore, Co Waterford, said that although the conditions had been idyllic for sun-worshippers, it hadn't been so good for surfers as there had been very little waves along the coast.
However, his business noticed an increase in people looking to paddleboard along the southern coast.
“We do some paddle-boarding tours along the cliffs, along the coast and that is amazing – this is the real weather for that,” he told the Irish Independent.
Eating al fresco has also been a luxury over the past number of days.
“Pre-packed and over-the-butcher-counter burger sales are expected to more than triple, and sales of butcher-style sausages and dressings will double,” a spokesperson for SuperValu |said.
However, while some were having a barbeque last night, residents of one Limerick village were forced to mount a |large-scale clean-up operation, after flash flooding and a mudslide hit the area on Thursday evening.
Thunder, lightning and torrential rain arrived over Doon
village shortly after 4pm on Thursday and subsequently, the Dead and Carnahalla rivers burst their banks.
Doon parish priest Fr Tony Ryan said that the graveyard was among the worst-hit areas, and suffered severe flooding from the storm, which lasted for almost 90 minutes.
Fr Ryan said several houses in the elderly community housing complex Glashan Talann also sustained “severe damage” from the water and mud, which “flowed down from the hills”.
It is understood the several residents were evacuated from their homes.
Temporary road closures were put in place around the rural village on Thursday evening, several homes were left without electricity and emergency services attended the scenes, but it is understood that nobody was injured.
Fr Ryan said that all the roads had since been cleared following a “tremendous” effort from both the local community and county council workers, just in time for the cemetery Mass due to be held last night.