Temperatures of up to 32C are expected tomorrow as a Met Éireann Status Yellow warning lasts into Tuesday morning.
he high temperature was recorded in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Sunday, where the mercury peak reached 29.3C – just below the July record of 29.5C.
Meanwhile, temperatures at weather stations in Shannon, Co Clare and Casement Aerodrome in Co Dublin reached 27C and 26C at Mullingar in Co Westmeath, Oak Park in Co Carlow, Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon, Ballyhaise in Co Cavan and Dunsany in Co Meath .
Monday is forecast to be the hottest day of this period of “exceptionally warm weather” with temperatures forecast to reach 32C.
But forecasters say we should enjoy the hot weather while we can as rain and cooler temperatures are set to return on Tuesday.
Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe told Independent.ie Monday would see “very hot” temperatures across the country.
“The temperature will reach at least 32C in some areas. The North Midlands, North Leinster and East Connaught will experience the highest temperatures.
“Along the north coast we will see temperatures of up to 28°C.
“Along the southern coasts we will see maybe 26C with a southerly breeze.
“There may be occasional wisps of haze or fog on the west coast, but otherwise it’s going to be a beautiful day.”
In the 21st century, the highest recorded temperature was 32.3C at Elphin in Co Roscommon in 2006. Ms Lowe said Monday’s temperatures are unlikely to be as high.
“Some records will probably be broken locally, but it probably won’t break the all-time record, but it’s not impossible.”
A yellow severe weather warning remains in place for the entire country on Monday and for the east of the country on Tuesday, and people must expect “tropical nights”.
“Here the temperatures are above 27 degrees during the day and don’t fall below 15 degrees at night.
“Nights will be very warm and temperatures in Dublin and Belfast will not drop below 20C making it a tropical night. So it’s going to be pretty uncomfortable to sleep on,” Ms Lowe warned.
While high temperature warnings remain in place, Met Éireann’s message is to enjoy the heat while we can.
“The sun’s UV index will be high and people need to be aware of water safety and follow the usual advice of not leaving pets in cars and wearing sunscreen.
“But other than that, get out and enjoy it because it won’t last,” Ms Lowe said.
Monday’s hottest temperatures will be in North Leinster, Westmeath, Kildare, Meath, South Cavan and the western parts of Dublin – all could reach as high as 32C and potentially break 21st century records.
The all-time record was 33.3 °C at Kilkenny Castle in 1887.
Temperatures are expected to return to normal from Wednesday and while there are no signs of another heatwave on the horizon, it cannot be ruled out.
“For a long time there has been very hot air over the continent, so all it took was a situation where low pressure developed in an area over western Portugal and that air was sucked in over Ireland,” said Ms Lowe.
“Ireland is so close to the Atlantic that this is unusual.
“But we still have a lot of summer ahead of us and nothing can be ruled out.
“There is still a good deal of heart and soul over the continent, but that too will cool down in the next few days.”
At the moment, Met Éireann expects next weekend to be more choppy with the onset of rain.
The weekend’s soaring temperatures have seen Ireland’s beaches and waterways bustling with swimmers. However, it was a tragic week.
Speaking to RTÉ today, Environment Secretary Eamon Ryan urged swimmers to “be careful out there” after a third water-related death.
A man in his 60s died on Saturday afternoon after getting into trouble while swimming in a lake near Portarlington, Co Laois.
Mr Ryan said: “It happens every time, it’s so predictable but so tragic for any family.”
Expressing his condolences to the bereaved, Mr Ryan said: “Let’s not make a fourth family out of it in this good weather, devastated, ruined.
“Be careful, don’t enter waters you don’t know how safe they are, stay close to shore, watch out for each other. We don’t want another tragic loss,” he said.
Although the dry spell is unlikely to last, Irish Water urged the public to watch their water consumption to avoid the need for restrictions later in the summer.
“Although most water supplies are operating normally and no restrictions are planned at this time, we expect an increase in water demand in the coming weeks which could put pressure on some supplies.
“Especially at this time of year and with the rise in temperature, popular vacation spots are likely to be in higher than average demand,” said a spokesman.
“Some rural areas have also come under pressure, particularly in the South and Midlands. Irish Water is already taking action to manage and protect supplies in parts of Co Cork and Tipperary, Carron in Co Clare and Inis Oirr in Galway.”
The HSE National Cancer Control Program (NCCP) has advised people to follow the “Five S’s” plan: ‘Put clothes on’ that cover your skin, such as B. Long sleeves and collared T-shirts; “Slip on Sunscreen” with SPF at least 30+ for adults and 50+ for children; ‘Slap on a wide-brimmed hat’; ‘seek shadow’ avoid direct sunlight, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; and ‘slide on sunglasses’.
With 13,000 new diagnoses per year, Ireland has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
The ISPCA also warned pet owners to keep their pets cool, hydrated and in the shade as they can become dehydrated quickly.
ISPCA PR manager Carmel Murray said heatstroke can be deadly in pets.
“Refresh and fill your pet’s water bowl more often than on a normal day, and keep them in the shade. You can also add ice cubes to your pet’s water to keep it cool and avoid using steel bowls as they absorb the heat.
“Make sure they have access to shade and keep them indoors in cooler rooms if the heat gets too extreme.”
Signs of heat stroke in dogs include excessive panting, increased heart rate, dry or pale gums, and weakness, lightheadedness, or collapse.
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