29.5C and still not a heatwave – but scientists say records could be topped yet

Projections show dry hot summers of recent years are no mere flash in the pan

Taking the plunge at the Forty Foot in Sandycove during the sunny weather. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Caroline O'Doherty

HEATWAVES in Ireland usually live up to their name – a few hot days that wave a swift farewell as the more familiar clouds and rain return.