Monday 22 January 2018

Heatwave expected this week as temperatures set to soar over next five days

Conor Meehan, Tallaght, on Portmarnock Beach. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins
Conor Meehan, Tallaght, on Portmarnock Beach. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins

Ireland is set for a heatwave this week since temperatures are expected to hit a sizzling 25 degrees over five days, Met Eireann has advised.

Warm, humid and dry conditions are expected until the end of the week.

A forecaster told “This week certainly there’s a possibility of a heatwave. Temperatures will be up around 25 degrees over most of the week. It’ll be a pleasant, very warm, and humid week.”

A heatwave in Ireland is classified as five consecutive days of temperatures over 25 degrees.

Today will become warm with lowest temperatures reaching 20 degrees.

“It’s going to be quite humid and the nights will be humid as well with temperatures of 15 to 16 degrees, which can be uncomfortable for some,” the forecaster said.

Temperatures will begin to cool at the weekend, and heavy showers will also be a possibility then.

“From Thursday onwards, there will be a much greater chance of rain breaking out. There will be a greater chance of heavy showers towards the end of the week.”

It will be warmest in Leinster today but cooler in the west of Connacht and southwest Munster.

Tomorrow will be another warm day generally, and it will become hot in places during the afternoon.

Cloudier conditions with a little rain will persist along parts of the west coast on Wednesday, but elsewhere it should remain largely dry with sunshine. It'll be very warm again with afternoon temperatures between 22 and 25 degrees, but as usual it will be cooler near the coasts.

It will be warm on Thursday too and it looks like the high temperatures will spark off some heavy and thundery showers, leading to spot flooding in places.

There'll be fewer showers on Friday, overall it'll be a drier and sunnier day with temperatures still up to the mid twenties.

Met Eireann says current indications are that it will remain warm during the weekend as well with a mix of sunshine and heavy showers.

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