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Monday 22 September 2014

We're rivalling the Riviera as our temperatures soar

Emma Jane Hade

Published 22/07/2014 | 02:30

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Anna Brabazon (4) enjoys the weather at Dollymount beach.

STAYCATIONERS rejoice, as the country will rival the French Riviera this week with a heatwave pushing temperatures to the mid-20s.

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Forecasters said that the mid-lands and east coast will compete with some of Europe's holiday hotspots as muggy conditions give way to sunshine.

Met Eireann's John Eagleton said that this sunny and warm spell is expected to last until the weekend, and temperatures will reach highs of 25C.

"Every day the temperatures will hit the 20s – right up until Sunday," he said.

"It's going to be a warm week for sure. Most places will have temperatures in the low 20s, I'd say 22C, but it will be higher than that many days.

"The Midlands will be very good, Mullingar is the place to go this week, and Kilkenny will be great too."

The forecaster said that sun worshippers along the east coast should also expect "terrific" conditions, but warned that it won't be "a perfect week everywhere" as thunder storms are expected to break out in parts due to humid air.

"Along the west coast, it could be quite cloudy at times during the week. There would be the odd heavy, thundery shower," Mr Eagleton added.

"There might be a bit of fog on the coastal areas, that might spoil things a bit, but it will certainly be very warm."

The meteorological service yesterday issued a 'status yellow' weather warning, which is expected to remain in place until Saturday due to the widespread warm and humid conditions.

Night time will also remain mild and temperatures are expected to drop back to lows of just 15C in the early hours.

However, pack in as much time on the beach as you can before Sunday, as the sunny days are set to draw to a close by then.

Mr Eagleton said that it will a feel "a little bit fresher" by then, and that the temperatures will start to decline.

The sweltering heat isn't good news for everyone, as some vulnerable members of society may be at risk.

Warnings

Motorcyclists are been urged "to not let their guard down", and the Road Safety Authority have said that fine weather can "lure us into a false sense of security" on the roads, despite the fact that heat can create slippy driving conditions.

"Tragically 13 motorcyclist have lost their lives on our roads to date this year. If you are planning to head out on your motorcycle please take extra care when cornering and by ensuring you are dressed in the appropriate personal protection equipment." a spokesperson added.

ALONE, the charity which supports elderly people, called upon the public to take care of "potentially vulnerable older people in the heat" and to ensure that they are consuming a sufficient amount of fluids.

A spokesperson for the organisation said that it is "cautioning older people to stay hydrated, avoid direct sunlight for extended periods and wear lighter clothes made of natural fabrics".

Irish Independent

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