Saturday 17 November 2018

'I think this is my favourite forecast I’ve ever written' - Even Met Éireann are excited as Ireland is set to be hotter than Algarve

  • Ireland will be hotter than the Algarve and the Canaries next week
  • Temperatures set to soar to a sizzling 29c
  • Ireland is set to enjoy some of its best summer weather since 2013
  • Temperatures will reach a maximum of 23C today
  • Much-loved forecaster Joanna Donnelly: "I think this is my favourite forecast I’ve ever written"
  • People warned to stay safe in the water and to call emergency services if they notice someone in distress
  • Animal experts share tips on how to keep your cats, dogs and other pets safe in the heat
Students Gemma Hayes, Anna Lynch, Erica Flynn, Emma Williams, and Aoife Dardis at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE
Students Gemma Hayes, Anna Lynch, Erica Flynn, Emma Williams, and Aoife Dardis at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

Ralph Riegel and Denise Calnan

Ireland will be hotter than the Algarve and the Canaries next week, with temperatures potentially soaring to a sizzling 29C.

Parts of the country are expected to prove an astonishing 8C warmer than Gran Canaria on Wednesday.

With seaside hotels, guesthouses and traders reporting a brisk upturn in business, Ireland is set to enjoy some of its best summer weather since 2013.

And even the weather forecasters are excited. Well-known Met Éireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly tweeted a picture of the forecast she read out on RTE Radio One's Drivetime, saying; "Just one more time because I think this is my favourite forecast I’ve ever written."

Ross and Alvin Deasy, Douglas in their elaborate head wear at Cork's Long Table Dinner 2018. Photographer: Joleen Cronin
Ross and Alvin Deasy, Douglas in their elaborate head wear at Cork's Long Table Dinner 2018. Photographer: Joleen Cronin
Aine O'Connor, Cork City Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn with Lorraine Maye, Cork Midsummer Festival at Cork's Long Table Dinner 2018. Photographer: Joleen Cronin
South Mall in Cork city is transformed into an elegant outdoor dining area for over 420 guests at Cork’s Long Table Dinner, as part of Cork Midsummer Festival Photographer: Joleen Cronin
South Mall in Cork city is transformed into an elegant outdoor dining area for over 420 guests at Cork’s Long Table Dinner, as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. Photographer: Joleen Cronin
Gareth Lee and Rebeka Herczeg, Dundalk, enjoying the heatwave at Blackrock beach in Co Louth. Picture:Arthur Carron
Gareth Lee, Rebeka Herczeg and Alicia Hearty, Dundalk, enjoying the heatwave at Blackrock beach in Co Louth. Picture:Arthur Carron
Sophie Turley, age 4, Forkhill, enjoying the heatwave at Blackrock beach in Co Louth. Picture:Arthur Carron
Cormac Toner, age 4 and his sisterNiamh, age 7, Dromiskin, enjoying the heatwave at Blackrock beach in Co Louth. Picture:Arthur Carron
Niamh Toner, age 7, Dromiskin, Co Louth, enjoying the heatwave at Blackrock beach in Co Louth. Picture:Arthur Carron
Twins Abagail and Amy McKeever, age 9, Dundalk, enjoying the heatwave at Blackrock beach in Co Louth. Picture:Arthur Carron
Three and a half year old Arthur Russell from Bayside, pictured as he explores the shallow water at Burrow beach in Sutton. Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 22/6/18
Three and a half year old Arthur Russell from Bayside, pictured as he explores the shallow water at Burrow beach in Sutton. Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 22/6/18
Brothers, Eoghan [2] and Donagh O Leary [4] from Artane pictured enjoying the sunshine at Burrow beach in Sutton. Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 22/6/18
Two year old Eoghan O Leary from Artane, pictured as he plays in the shallow water at Burrow beach in Sutton. Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 22/6/18
Five year old Grace Devine [right] from Marino pictured with her sisters Martha and Jane both 2 years old as they enjoy the sunshine at Burrow beach in Sutton. Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 22/6/18
Twins Martha and Jane Devine from Marino [2] pictured with their older sister Grace [5] as they enjoy the sunshine at Burrow beach in Sutton. Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 22/6/18
People 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
Diana Hurdoyal 1 from Portobello enjoying the good weather in Stephens Green,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
Tanya Cross from Sydney performs on a tightrope whilst enjoying the good weather in Stephens Green,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Nadia Montero orignally from Mexico City but now living in Portobello enjoying the good weather in Stephens Green,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sasha Olsson from Gothenburg Sweden 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
Maria Gallerdo originally from Spain but now living in Dundrum and Laura Gonzalez originally from Spain but now living in the city centre 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
People 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

However, Met Éireann warned that it will only be an official heatwave if temperatures stay at 20C and above for five consecutive days.

Met Éireann stressed Ireland will slowly ease into the fine summer weather, which is expected to have peak temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday as a massive warm front from southern Europe stalls over Ireland.

Roly the Tibetan terrier and Kate O'Callaghan from Sutton enjoying the good weather in St Stephen's Green, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Roly the Tibetan terrier and Kate O'Callaghan from Sutton enjoying the good weather in St Stephen's Green, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Temperatures will reach a maximum of 23C today with west Connacht and Ulster having the coolest temperatures of around 17C.

From Sunday, the mercury will steadily begin rising - and could reach a searing 29C in midweek with the hottest temperatures predicted for south Leinster and the midlands.

However, Met Éireann's Deirdre Lowe added sea breezes around coastal areas will make beaches feel significantly cooler.

And, in Joanna Donnelly's forecast, she was sure to warn people about the potential dangers the fine weather can also bring.

"It's going to be marvellous so please, don't spoil it by getting burnt, use sunblock. There'll be lots of days to develop your tan so take it eay.

"And please please please above all else, stay safe if you're near or on the water.

"Watch out for anyone you notice in distress, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard, never assume someone else has already called."

Meanwhile, sales of ice cream, cider, barbecue foods, garden furniture and even flowers have soared over the past fortnight.

Irish Hotel Federation members are reporting brisk trade with a number of high-profile concerts and festivals nationwide.

US singer-songwriter Billy Joel is playing a sell-out concert in Dublin tonight. Other major events this weekend include the Colour Dash in Cork, the Wexford Maritime Festival, the Midsummer Eve Bonfire Festival in Clare and a hectic events schedule in Dublin with Dublin LGBTQ Pride, Stoneybatter Festival and the International A Capella Festival.

Irish Water Safety urged people to take care in the sea and around lakes, rivers and streams. After an horrific fortnight on Irish roads, gardaí and the Road Safety Authority urged people to drive safely.

Meanwhile, animal experts have also shared some top tips for keeping pets safe in the warm weather.

They have advised cat-owners to use sunscreen on cats' ears to avoid skin cancer and to keep a dish of water in a shaded area for them to drink from.

For dogs, owners are advised to keep a bowl of water in a shaded area and to ensure birds are not drinking from the same bowl to avoid contamination. Also, it is better to walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid them becoming dehydrated or suffering from heatstroke.

Finally, for those with rabbits and guinea pigs in hot weather, owners are asked to watch out for signs of heat exhaustion.

Make sure rabbits and guinea pigs can access shade if they live outdoors. Place their hutch in a cool area with good airflow and move it around shadiest parts of the garden as the sun moves. Also, avoid plastic hutches as they can get extremely hot under the sun, and opt for wood instead.

Irish Independent

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