Monday 22 December 2014

Ireland basks in 30 degree sunshine - with more on the way

Published 08/07/2013 | 16:33

Lucia Miseckova and Lucia Halamova from Swords enjoying the sun on Portmarnock Beach this afternoon. Photo: Colin Keegan
Lifeguard Padraig Roecliffe in the water at Seapoint, Dun Laoighre
Ryan (3) and Alex(4) Brophy enjoying the good weather on Dollymount
Sophie Mc Grath(6) with Aoife Mc Grath(9) and Alanna Carrick)8) enjoying the good weather on Dollymount
Jordan Wynn (13) from North Strand jumps off the Samuel Beckett bridge
Barcelona native Roger Millan jumps off the Samuel Beckett bridge in Dublin's city centre to cool off from the hot sun as temperatures

WE knew today was going to be a scorcher – but temperatures in Ireland almost hit the 30 degree mark.

Met Eireann have confirmed that the hottest temperature of the day was a scorching 28.7 degrees was measured at their Oak Park station in Co Carlow.

Today is the hottest day of the year so far – and we’re hotter than Paris.

However, we still have some way to go until we can officially beat Ireland’s hottest day ever.

This was recorded at 33.3 degrees on June 26, 1887.

Just over 127 years later, the mercury stuck the 28 degree mark in Carlow and across the Midlands.

The balmy weather is expected to continue until this Friday, when the air will turn somewhat cooler but remain dry.

But while many of us are rejoicing in the rare bit of sun, this dry spell may not be good for our farmers – or for our water supply.  

“All I can say is that there has been no significant rainfall since the middle of last week and none is expected for the next 14 days,” a Met Eireann spokesperson told

Although not wanting to definitively confirm whether Ireland had hit the 30 spot, the spokesperson said more would be known later on today.

“We will know more accurate figures when we receive our readings later this evening,” the spokesperson added.

For now, people across the country have been hitting the beaches and enjoying everything the glorious sunshine has to offer.

Meanwhile, the country’s largest local authority  has issued an appeal to the public and businesses to conserve water and minimise usage during the heatwave.

Such a rise in temperatures leads to a greater demand on city water supplies, Dublin City Council say, with more people watering gardens, washing cars and cleaning windows and driveways.

“This increased in consumption puts a greater demand on our water supplies,” the council said in a statement issued on their website

“While we are not asking people to stop these activities we are asking that they are carried out without wasting water.”

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