Sunday 22 July 2018

'It's too hot. Okay, there I said it' - Here’s how Ireland is (not) coping with the heatwave

A temperature scale on a beach shows high temperatures during a heat wave.
A temperature scale on a beach shows high temperatures during a heat wave.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

From sunburn to sleeping, we're not very well equipped in Ireland to survive, let alone enjoy, a heatwave.

As temperatures soared to the high twenties over the weekend and look set to remain there all week, we're certainly trying to make the most of it (there's not a paddling pool nor disposable BBQ to be had), but there are issues.

While we like to boast that our temperatures are higher than the Algarve, our homes are not usually equipped with air con so sleeping, for adults and especially kids, is a sweat-sodden nightmare.

We also don't know where to buy those foil covers for our car windscreens to prevent our steering wheels and car interiors from heating to hand-burning point.

And many of us are just not physically constructed to withstand more than five minutes of directly sunlight without falling foul of third degree burns or heatstroke, and then there's the chub rub...

Here are some of the most Irish reactions to the exceptionally hot weather so far:

Read more: 'Is there even anything worse than straightening your hair in this weather' - we have conflicting feelings about today's hot spell

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