Monday 20 May 2019

So how was your day? Sizzling – or soaking?

Maeve, Conor and Kate Cotter from Doneraile with Lauren Green from Kinsale enjoying the sun at the Dock Beach in Kinsale.
Maeve, Conor and Kate Cotter from Doneraile with Lauren Green from Kinsale enjoying the sun at the Dock Beach in Kinsale.
Maria Jones, Rosbrien, Breda and Mike Garrard, Shannon Banks in the Peoples Park waiting for the Limerick City of Culture Proms in the Park.
Cousins, Jamie Fitzgerald Ward, left, 4, and Dylan Curran Fitzgerald, 4, from Dun Laoighaire enjoy themselves in St Stephens Green.
Students, from O'Keefe group English school in Argentina have a water fight on Segways in the Phoenix Park.
Floods in Galway yesterday

Emma Jane Hade and Danielle Stephens

THOUSANDS are expected to flock to the coastline today to enjoy the sun as forecasters have predicted that the end of the hot summer spell is approaching.

As temperatures reached 27C yesterday, Met Eireann said we should expect more of the same today.

Sun worshippers should enjoy it while it lasts as Saturday is predicted to be the "breakdown day" as a wild front arrives from the west.

But there was significant rainfall in Galway yesterday, with Loughrea suffering from flash floods, thunder and lightning.

The mercury levels soared to 27.1C in Castlederg, Co Tyrone, with sunseekers in Dublin's Phoenix Park experiencing a balmy 24.8C.

Forecasters confirmed it hit 25.6C in Moorepark in Cork and in Mullingar. Yet, Dr Klara Finkele, a Met Eireann forecaster Met Eireann, said it was warmer in mid-June when temperatures of 28C were recorded. Dr Finkele said temperatures have remained several degrees above the 18C to 20C recorded on average during July.

Forecaster Joanna Donnelly added: "Today is going to be warm with more sunshine as well, hot even, up to 27 degrees further away from the coast.

"There will be lots of sunshine and, again, there will be some showers across the west.

"There will have been some mist overnight, but it will be mostly dry."

The weekend will begin with a cooler start, with Ms Donnelly saying that a front on the western coast will bring "cooler and fresher conditions", and that we should expect "outbursts of rain too".

However, the sweltering heat over the past number of days has spelt good news for business that offer relief from the temperatures.

Caimin Hall, who runs City Cool Air Conditioning in Duleek, Co Meath, said that in the past 10 days, the demand for portable air conditioners had increased hugely. "Any time we get heat like this, I'm flat out on my feet because everyone is looking to hire these things," said Mr Hall.

He has also seen an increase in the number of people making emergency calls for air conditioning machine repairs this week.

Meanwhile, cooling down with ice creams has also been popular as shops have said that they noticed sales in cold treats soar almost as quickly as the temperatures.


Spar stores reported that more than 500,000 ice creams were purchased across their 400 outlets over the past number of days.

And according to store bosses there has been a "double digit growth year on year" with retailers working to keep freezers full to meet the "huge demand".

Meanwhile there is lots of entertainment to enjoy, and 'Dublin Goes Country' will kick off this evening.

After the Garth Brooks fiasco earlier this month, Failte Ireland are hosting a variety of country music events across the city, including the 'Stetson and the City' music trail which will start this evening.

Irish Independent

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