Tuesday 23 December 2014

Wall-to-wall sunshine as temperatures surge to 20 degrees today

Published 29/04/2014 | 13:24

Those enjoying the sun this weekend are urged to stay sun safe
Kevin Dempsey and Rachel Burke are pictured enjoying the sunshine as they show us how to be SunSmart this summer season. Photo: Andres Poveda

Some parts of the country will see wall-to-wall sunshine as temperatures surge to 20 degrees today.

Sun worshippers delight. Today's scorcher is indeed "above normal" for this time of year.

A spokesperson for Met Eireann said Connacht and Munster will see the best of today's sun.

"It's a lovely day today. It’s warm, there’s a lot of sunshine, in some places it’s wall-to-wall sunshine,” the spokesperson said.

“It’ll be up to 20 degrees this afternoon, especially in parts of Connacht and Munster. It’ll be a bit cooler on the south coasts.”

“[The temperature is] above normal, it’s a high temperature but it’s not breaking any records,” the spokesperson said.

“General temperatures will be between 16 and 20 degrees, and 14 degrees on coastal fringes.”

“We won’t see these temperatures for the rest of the week. Tomorrow the cloud will sweep in and pieces of rain. Thursday will be very showery.”

Tomorrow and Thursday will see temperatures between 13 and 16 degrees.

“Wednesday and Thursday will be quite broken and they’ll have hiccups.”

The weekend will remain dry, but it’ll be cooler, the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the Irish Cancer Society has issued the Sun Smart Code:

SEEK SHADE: when UV rays are at their strongest – between 11am and 3pm.

COVER UP: by wearing a shirt with a collar and long shorts.  Also wear a hat that gives shade to your face, neck and ears.

WEAR WRAPAROUND SUNGLASSES: make sure they give UV protection.

SLOP ON SUNSCREEN: Use sunscreen with SPF 15 (SPF30 for children) or higher and UVA protection 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every two hours – more often if swimming or perspiring.

Keep babies under six months out of the sun.

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