Ireland is set to have its first heatwave since 2003 this week in August as temperatures are set to hover near or above 30 degrees in a week of sunshine.
reland’s heat is set to mimic much of Europe’s sun holiday destinations in the coming week as Met Éireann has issued a heat stress warning to the nation.
Parts of the country, particularly the south, that are set to experience temperatures of 29 degrees or more later in the week will be hotter than the Algarve, Canary Islands, Italy’s Amalfi Coast and cities like Munich, Amsterdam, Warsaw and Vienna.
Temperatures in the south will also be comparable to London, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Marbella and the US cities of New York and Chicago.
While many will be enjoying the nice weather and heading to the sea, some are wondering if August’s rather rare rise in temperature is the result of climate change.
Conal Ruth, forecaster at Met Éireann, said that while it is difficult to attribute a single weather event to the effects of climate change, heat waves like this are occurring more frequently.
“Hot weather spells like this are something we’re seeing as we continue to change the climate. It’s really only going to continue if we move forward,” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.
Ireland experienced record temperatures at nine different weather stations over the past month, with Phoenix Park scorching 33C on July 18.
Many areas experienced above-average droughts, with Shannon Airport experiencing its driest July in 33 years.
As the mercury rises and people head towards the coast, the Irish Coastguard and Water Safety Ireland are appealing to people to take every precaution when enjoying water sports, while Gardaí are urging travelers to slow down and be aware that larger numbers of cyclists and motorcyclists doing so will use the roads.
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