With temperatures expected to top 30C across the country today, Met Éireann has urged the public to be vigilant.
The forecaster warns that “exceptionally warm” weather will be in store across Ireland today, with temperatures ranging between 25C and 30C in general and potentially up to 32C in places.
Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far, with a temperature of 29.3C recorded in Phoenix Park, just below the July record of 29.5C. The all-time record was 33.3C in Kilkenny in 1887 Castle.
A Status Amber temperature alert has been issued and will remain in place until midnight on Tuesday.
Met Éireann has warned people to be aware of heat stress, the risk of water-related incidents and the sun’s high UV index, particularly for the vulnerable demographic.
The head of forecasting at Met Éireann said today will be the hottest day of the summer.
Evelyn Cusack said this is extreme heat for Ireland as the country’s average high temperature is usually 21C during the summer months.
“Today will be the hottest day of the current mini-heatwave affecting Ireland, so we expect temperatures to be around 5ºC up to 10ºC above average,” she told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.
“Today is a very, very hot day, it will probably be the hottest day of the summer. The highest temperature yesterday was 29.3°C in Phoenix Park, the July record is actually 32.3°C and was set on July 19, 2006 in Elphin.
“So I don’t think we’re going to break that because it’s warm at the moment, the temperature is currently around 18C/19C.
“This little cloud is pushing it down so we could hit 32C, I doubt we’ll break the record but maybe we could.
“I think we should call it a mini heatwave, it’s a hot spell and some people will be happy to hear it won’t last.
“Tomorrow will be very warm and muggy in Leinster, with some fresher weather coming from the Atlantic and there is a risk of thunderstorms tomorrow, particularly over Leinster.”
Tonight will be warm with temperatures between 14C and 18C or warmer locally, particularly in the east.
It will be mostly dry with a mix of clouds and some clear spells, but some showers could develop in the west by morning.
Some haze and fog will develop with mostly light, variable winds, however winds will increase moderately to occasionally fresh from the northwest over the western half of the country by morning.
Tuesday will remain very warm over the eastern half of the country with highs between 22C and 26C. Further west it will be cooler with highs of 16C to 22C.
In the east there are hazy sunny intervals throughout the day and the possibility of isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms developing.
It will become cloudier in the west with some showers of rain, mainly along the Atlantic coast, and the possibility of some heavy rains.
Winds will increase moderate to fresh from the northwest throughout the day.
The forecaster predicts temperatures will return to normal from Wednesday, with fairly dry weather and some showers for the remainder of the week.
Temperatures will return to averages on Wednesday with a mix of cloudy and sunny spells and some scattered light showers in the morning and will be mostly limited to the western fringes in the afternoon.
Highest temperatures are generally between 16°C and 20°C, warmest in the south-east with mostly moderate north-west winds, fresh along the Atlantic coast.
Meanwhile, Water Safety Ireland has urged people to swim on beaches where a lifeguard is on duty.
It warned people to swim in their depths and stay in their depths and swim only between the red and yellow flags on a lifeguard-patrolled waterway.
The charity said people should never use inflatable toys in open water, as a gentle breeze can quickly carry a person off shore.
Children should always be closely supervised and never left alone near water.
It is recommended that people who see someone in trouble in the water should shout, grab and throw
Shout to reassure, encourage, and orient them, grab anything preventing you from entering the water like clothing or a stick, and toss them a ring buoy or other floating object.
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