Friday 19 October 2018

Heatwave to last two weeks as Met Éireann says Ireland faces 'second highest temperature ever'

  • Today's temperatures will peak at between 24C and 28C
  • Temperatures as high as 30C expected for Friday
  • Met Éireann issues High-Temperature warning for the country
  • This week could well be the hottest June weather since 1976
Sophie Ducasse (5) having fun in Skerries
Pic:Mark Condren
Sophie Ducasse (5) having fun in Skerries Pic:Mark Condren
Lauren Chaney and her brother Darragh enjoying the sun on Bull Island Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Michelle Moore & Maura Lynskey enjoying the good weather on Bull Island, Dublin Photo Gareth Chaney Collins
Lucia Pivarci enjoying the weather on Bull Island Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cael Skehan enjoying the weather on Bull Island Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
HOT: Sunbathers at Brittas Bay yesterday. Photo: Neil Carson
Priya Murphy Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Clodagh Howley Mulhall (5) and Katie George Brennan (3) having fun in Loughshinny Pic: Mark Condren
Pictured are Heloisa Belarmino and Luiz Rodrigo Pereira enjoying the sunshine and hot weather along Dublin's canals: RollingNews.ie
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The mercury is set to rocket all over Ireland this week - with Met Éireann saying the country could see it's second highest temperature ever recorded.

A Status Yellow high temperature warning is in place until 9pm Friday and yesterday was officially the hottest day of 2018 as the temperature hit 27.5C in Carlow.

Meteorologist Siobhan Ryan said temperatures could hit 31C in some parts over the next few days. - and the heatwave is set to last for at least another two weeks.

"We could be looking at the second highest ever temperature in Ireland before the week’s end," she said.

“There has only been a handful of times where temperatures here have just exceeded 30C."

The highest temperature ever recorded was back in 1887, when the mercury reached 33.3C in Co Kilkenny.

Meanwhile, Irish Water has warned that it may have to implement water restrictions as the country is set to swelter in a 30C heatwave this week.

The utility has urged householders and businesses to conserve water as supplies are now at serious risk in the greater Dublin area, as well as Donegal and the midlands, particularly in Athlone and Mullingar, parts of Offaly and Kilkenny.

Clodagh Howley Mulhall (5) and Katie George Brennan (3) having fun in Loughshinny
Pic: Mark Condren
Clodagh Howley Mulhall (5) and Katie George Brennan (3) having fun in Loughshinny Pic: Mark Condren
Sophie Ducasse (5) having fun in Skerries Pic:Mark Condren
Lauren Chaney and her brother Darragh enjoying the sun on Bull Island Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Gaving fun on Skerries beach Photo: Mark Condren
Cael Skehan enjoying the weather on Bull Island Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
President Michael D Higgins. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Priya Murphy Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
A temperature scale on a beach shows high temperatures during a heat wave.
Lucia Pivarci enjoying the weather on Bull Island Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
HOT: Sunbathers at Brittas Bay yesterday. Photo: Neil Carson
Michelle Moore & Maura Lynskey enjoying the good weather on Bull Island, Dublin Photo Gareth Chaney Collins
Gallagher Brothers (L to R) Conor 4 & 3 Alex both from Maynooth enjoying the good weather in Stephens Green,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Roly the Tibetan terrier & Kate O'Callaghan from Sutton enjoying the good weather in Stephens Green,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Mayara Agappes orignally from Sao Paulo Brazil but now living in Kilmainham enjoying the good weather in Stephens Green,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
People enjoying the good weather in Stephens Green,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Dublin region alone is currently using 600 million litres of water a day, which is close to the maximum level of water that can be treated on a daily basis.

Irish Water may introduce night-time water restrictions.

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