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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Ireland's heatwave rivals Rio and surpasses Med temperatures

Denise Calnan

Published 17/06/2014|18:09

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Celebrating finishing her Junior Cert, this girl jumps into the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Crowds at the popular 'Fortyfoot' in Sandycove, Co Dublin this afternoon. Photo: Collins Photos
A man pushes a buggy on Clontarf Promenade in Dublin, during the warm weather. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 17, 2014. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland’s temperatures rivalled those of the Mediterranean today as highs of 27 degrees hit the west of the country.

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Newport, Mayo topped the mercury scale with toasty temperatures of 27 degrees, warmer than most places on mainland Europe and even drawing with the home of the World Cup 2014, Brazil.  

The west was the place to be this sunny Tuesday with Claremorris, Mayo basking in temperatures of 24 degrees and Shannon in Clare experiencing highs of 25 degrees.

Those holidaying in the Mediterranean hot-spots of Italy and Sicily experienced temperatures three degrees cooler than Ireland’s sunny spells, while those on mainland Europe only topped the scale at 22 degrees.

And football fans keeping up with the soccer spectacle in Brazil could have closed their eyes and imagined they were on the beaches of Rio, as the home of the World Cup only equalised with our temperature and had to deal with high humidity and downpours as well.

However, not everyone is welcoming the recent toasty temperatures, which are set to stay with us for the week – as hay fever sufferers can expect extremely high pollen counts this week.

The main grass pollen season is in full swing so those prone to hay fever are being warned of the high to very high counts expected during good weather.

In particular, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday can expect invisible clouds of pollen to wreak havoc with the sinuses of those prone nationwide, Met Eireann reports. 

Over 25pc of Europeans are plagued with the hay fever symptoms of runny noses, dripping eyes, irritated skin and exhaustion during the summer months.

Allergy expert Dr Paul Carson of Slievemore Clinic, Stillorgan advises hay fever sufferers to be prepared to treat symptoms as soon as possible.

“Hay fever affects Irish people predominantly during the summer months particularly in June and July,” Dr Carson told independent.ie.

“It irritates the nose lining first but then spreads from the nose lining into the sinuses and then begins to irritate the lining of the eyes.

“Some people will then become wheezy and people who have had childhood eczema may find that their healed skin becomes itchy and they’re irritating it again,” he continued.

The number of Irish hay fever sufferers is on the rise which Dr. Carson contributes to a number of factors.

“Twenty years ago, what was maybe 10pc of the population had allergies and now this has crept up to 15pc. It’s now reckoned that 24pc of the population have some type of allergy.

“Hay fever in particular though is on the increase probably due to genetics. Many of us inherit the genetic tendency to be allergic from our parents. Atmospheric pollution, particularly diesel fumes, the amount of chemicals that are in our diet and an over reliance on antibiotics in childhood all compromise the immune system,” he said.

Many seek relief from their local pharmacist prior to visiting their doctor, stocking up on over the counter antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops but a blocked nose may hinder the effectiveness of these medicines.

“The difficulty is that by the time people go looking for help to the pharmacy they are already very blocked in the nose so a tip would be to buy a fast acting nasal decongestant just to unblock the nose so that the medicines that the chemist has given you will be more effective.

“If what the pharmacist gives you doesn’t work in about a week, it is important to make your way to your own doctor where there are a whole range of medicines available to make your summer much better,” he said.

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