Wednesday 23 July 2014

Irish heatwave set to continue in to next week

Allison Bray

Published 12/07/2013|04:00

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Grace Lumsden, Aine Ward-Halford and Kayleigh Bealin from Blessington, Co. Wicklow enjoying the sun at Sandycove

Scorchio is staying put for the weekend.

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The Irish heatwave is set to continue into Monday - but temperatures are expected to drop to the mid-twenties across the country tomorrow.

"Temperatures are sliding back a bit and we won't have the wall-to-wall sunshine that we've had but we'll still have temperatures in the mid-to-high 20s," Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn said.

"We'll go from hot to warm weather."

The temperatures are expected to drop back to the high teens to low 20s by Monday.

Forecasters said it would not be as warm in the first half of next week as southwest winds arrive – but it will still be mild in many places, with temperatures "still a little above normal".

While the warm weather is very welcome, it appears that some of us are struggling to cope with the sweltering heat.

Department store Arnotts ran out of electrical fans yesterday – with some people forking out €600 for a top-of-the-range cooling system.

"It's the biggest rush they've ever seen in Ireland. One man came in and bought six Dyson fans at €400 each for his office," a spokesperson for the flagship store said.

A shortage of fans will come as no surprise to many as the Ireland continues to bask in glorious sunshine.

Met Eireann say high temperatures today will range between 24 and 29 degrees.

However, this could rise to 30 degrees locally.

The only change in the current weather is the possible development of thunderstorms today sparked by high temperatures and high humidity, according to Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn.

"It's an all or nothing affair. We'll either get some or none," she said.

Yesterday, Shannon Airport was Ireland’s hotspot with a temperature of 29.5C.

The Furnace Weather Station in Co Mayo lived up to its name with sweltering temperatures of 28.7C.

Irish Independent

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