Drought fears as heatwave forecast for another week
SOME parts of the country could be headed for drought as the fine weather is expected to continue into next week.
With temperatures dipping at the start of this week there will be some relief from the very hot weather – but this is going to give way to another weekend of thermometers hitting the high 20s prompting concerns that drought could become an issue, according to Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe.
Although there have been isolated incidents of rain in some parts of the country over the past week, come the weekend most areas will have been dry for a fortnight.
"It could be serious. The soil moisture deficit in the south is very dry at the moment," she said. To make the ground saturated again in the worst affected areas, we will need to see 60 millimetres of rain.
But none is expected to fall in the far south in the coming days and only 5 millimetres is anticipated over most of the rest of the country.
Temperatures in some areas are expected to drop back to the high teens in the coming days, even as the country continues to bask in sunshine.
However, those lower temperatures won't last and should give way to yet another weekend of Mediterranean style weather.
"The high pressure will be building over Ireland for the next week, so temperatures will be heading back up to the high 20s by Saturday and Sunday.
"The predictions are for temperatures of 27 and 28C and it could go higher than that in some places," she said.
The outlook for the week is for very fine summer weather with the occasional shower, particularly in northern areas.
The midlands and south-east are expected to enjoy temperatures in the early 20s throughout the week but coastal areas should be a little cooler.
Temperatures in the west are expected to drop back to between 17 and 19C.
The slightly cooler temperatures expected at the start of the week are due to fresher air brought in by a cold front coming down from the north.
Expect beaches to fill up again as this cold front will be pushed out as the week progresses to give way to yet more uninterrupted sunshine.
Many areas of the country woke up to cloud cover yesterday, but Ms Lowe said that there was no cause for panic – the sunshine is not going anywhere anytime soon.
"There will be cloud cover in the mornings for the next couple of days, particularly in the west. It won't be wall-to-wall sunshine but conditions will be dry for most of the country," she said.