Further water restrictions are enforced at night as the heatwave affects supplies

Nighttime water restrictions have been introduced in several other areas as the hot dry spell puts pressure on supplies.

Restrictions in parts of Kerry and a second area in Cork were announced yesterday, bringing to 10 the number of districts where Irish Water has to intervene to keep taps running.

A total of 24 individual supplies across the country are unable to keep up with demand and require special measures to maintain service.

Approximately 60 stocks are being closely monitored by Irish Water as water levels have fallen below levels needed to maintain a normal supply. With hot weather set to continue into Sunday and only scattered heavy showers forecast early next week, the likelihood of more widespread water restrictions being imposed is increasing.

Efforts to keep supplies flowing were hampered in Co Kildare yesterday after fire hydrants were forced open in Newbridge. Water rushed into the streets and pressure dropped in pipes supplying local homes and businesses.

It is not clear if the incident was a malicious act, but Irish Water has reported it to Gardaí.

“Fire hydrants may only be used by authorized personnel for firefighting purposes and should not be used for any purpose other than firefighting by firefighters,” Irish Water said. “Misuse of fire hydrants can endanger lives and prolong or amplify damage to premises if there is an incident where water is unavailable due to unauthorized use.”

Met Éireann extended its yellow status warning from Leinster and Munster across the country, with temperatures expected to reach 25C and above in many parts over the next three days.

Highs of 30°C or more are possible in the inland areas of Leinster and Munster, most likely in Counties Carlow, Kilkenny and Cork.

Nights will be warm, with temperatures not falling much below 15°C, although coastal areas are likely to be a few degrees cooler.

The risk of fire is now high, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) said.

It called on the public to exercise extreme caution when visiting national parks or hiking in forests, hills or nature reserves.

Conservation rangers and other NPWS staff will be on special patrols over the coming days to monitor the situation.

They have warned that the use of grills or open flames is strictly prohibited and that cars parked at forest entrances or other popular visitor locations that could block access for emergency vehicles could be towed away.

Cooler weather is forecast from next Tuesday, but little rain is expected for the rest of the month.

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