Friday 20 July 2018

Temperatures hit 30.8C with 'no change foreseeable for next few days'

  • We edge closer to Ireland's record 33.3C temperature in 1887
  • A number of locations in Ireland hit 30C this afternoon
  • Water restrictions now in place in some areas
  • Those looking to cool down being advised to head for the coast
  • Met Éireann could introduce a red weather warning if temperatures peak beyond 30C
Relaxing and enjoying the heatwave and sunshine at the FortyFoot and Sandycove..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Relaxing and enjoying the heatwave and sunshine at the FortyFoot and Sandycove..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Sean Cleary, Michael John Mullins and Joe Glynn making a cock of hay near Tuam, Co Galway. Photo: Ray Ryan
Lucy McAdam (6) and Gemma Mooney (7), from Hollystown, have fun in the sun with their bubble guns. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Laura Lynott and Independent.ie Newsdesk

Met Eireann have said that temperatures have exceeded 30C in parts of the country today and that things will remain hot, sunny and warm with 'no change foreseeable for the next few days'.

Earlier today Met Éireann said due to blazing temperatures already witnessed across the country, there's a chance the mercury could creep upward to 32C, as we edge closer to Ireland's record 33.3C temperature in 1887.

On Met Eireann's website, a number of weather stations around the country reported temperatures of 30C at 5pm.

They included Athenry and Mount Dillon.

The hottest temperature recorded anywhere in the country was at Shannon Airport where a temperature of 30.8C was recorded.

However, at 5pm in Malin Head the temperature was a comparatively chilly 18C.

In a tweet this afternoon, Met Eireann said: "Hot and sunny with temperatures in excess of 30 degrees in places. Cool sea breezes at the west coast and onshore light easterly winds in the east and south making it feel cooler there. No change foreseeable for the next few days."

Yesterday, the highest temperature was also recorded at Shannon Airport (28C).

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

If temperatures peak beyond 30C, Met Éireann could introduce a red weather warning.

Currently a yellow warning is in operation but a red status would mean those whose health is at risk, such as asthmatics or the elderly, would be advised to take action, like staying indoors.

Irish Water have already put in place restrictions in parts of the country.

Inis Oirr will be without water from 11pm tonight until 7am tomorrow as well as people in the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas of Galway.

Also without water, from 10.30pm tonight until 7am are the following parts of Longford: Dernacross, Kilmahon, Derawley Dooroc, Cartrongolan, Drumlish, Soran Road, Lettergonnell, Carrickateane, Drumderg, Gelsha, Lislea, Molly, Derreenavoggy, Aghamore Upper, Aghacordrinan, Corneddan, Ennybegs, Esker South and Aughaboy Longford and surrounding areas in Co. Longford.

Earlier today forecaster Aoife Murray said: "There is a chance we could get to 32C. Inland areas, such as Clare, Galway city, Mayo and Limerick, are expected to be the hottest today,"

"And there's a chance of 30C for the rest of the week in those areas. But it probably won't get there in Dublin or anywhere on the east coast. The further inland we go, the hotter it's getting as the heat is travelling across the land, but the closer you go to the coast, the cooler it is and the east is one of the cooler places to be due to its proximity to the coast."

But not everyone is enjoying the weather and those with health issues or older people are advised to take advantage of cooler temperatures in the morning or to visit the coast.

Met Éireann advised early morning as the best time to enjoy a walk because by evening time the land has soaked up most of the day's heat and temperatures will remain stifling.

"Go out in the morning early," Ms Murray said. "Cover up and wear light layers. Don't forget the sunscreen and a hat and just be mindful to stay out of the sun, especially in the afternoon when there's more chance of being sunburned."

The Department of Agriculture issued a red forest fire warning yesterday afternoon as the heatwave continues.

The Irish Asthma Society also issued a warning, with hayfever sufferers facing high record pollen levels.

Government ministers have been given speaking notes and told how to speak publicly about the heatwave as soaring temperatures continue to rise across the country.

In a leaked memo, seen by Independent.ie, ministers were told to tell people to “enjoy the weather” but “heed the advice” of agencies warning about the dangers of the record heat.

Among the “top lines” provided to ministers are suggested comments on water conversation along with advice on taking care of older and vulnerable people during the heatwave.

The politicians were told to tell people to conserve water by taking shorter showers and ensuring dishwashers and washing machines are fully loaded.

Irish Independent

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