Met Eireann expects “exceptionally warm weather” to engulf the country over the next 48 hours as a status yellow alert was issued from this morning until Tuesday.
A number of counties across Ireland are expected to experience record temperatures in the coming days.
We can expect temperatures between 23 and 29 degrees today.
The meteorologist said a high of 29.3C was recorded in Phoenix Park – the hottest temperature yet in the whole country today.
“It’s close to breaking the highest temperature for July at Phoenix Park, which was 29.5C and the highest ever there of 30.6,” it said.
Today will be dry and very warm with intermittent sunshine, warmest in the Midlands, with a light to moderate southerly breeze.
There will be light rain and drizzle on the way north, but that should clear by the time we reach the afternoon.
As Met Éireann issued a yellow status warning for “exceptionally warm weather”, meteorologist Deirdre Lowe said temperatures will be “hot” from 6am this morning – and bring with them “tropical” nights.
Irish Water is urging the public to conserve water, while also urging people to exercise caution as they flock to sea and lakes for swimming.
Speaking to Independent.ie, Ms Lowe said people in the Midlands, north Leinster and south Ulster can expect the highest readings.
“Monday will bring peak temperatures in the mid-20s on the coast, and then reach between 27 and 32 degrees inland,” she said.
The hottest temperatures will be in North Leinster, Westmeath, Kildare, Meath, South Cavan and the western parts of Dublin – all of which could reach as high as 32 degrees tomorrow and potentially break 21st century records.
“It is unusual to reach these very high temperatures. The all-time record was 33.3 degrees at Kilkenny Castle in 1887. It may not break that record, but it will likely break local records,” Ms Lowe said.
In the 21st century, the highest recorded temperature was 32.3 degrees at Elphin in Co Roscommon.
“That was 2006. So this intense magic may or may not break that record. Some parts of the country will reach their highest temperatures ever recorded. It’s going to be very, very hot compared to what we’re used to, so just enjoy it,” Ms Lowe said.
Asked if we could see another heatwave later in the month, she said: “It’s too early to say but it’s not impossible. It hasn’t been a brilliant summer so far so we appreciate it all the more when we get such heat.”
Describing why Ireland is experiencing such an intense spell, she said the country has “enjoyed the warm air being sucked in from the end of the heatwave on the continent”.
“A heatwave is actually defined as five days above 25 degrees, so this is more of a short burst of very intense heat and the next few nights can be described as tropical at 20 degrees.
“It will be very hot on Monday. On Tuesday it looks like heavier thunderstorms will sweep across the country, so it will still be very hot in the east. Then the cooler air spreads out on Tuesday night, on Wednesday it will be much fresher. Then temperatures will be back to normal by Wednesday.”
Tomorrow on the coast, Ms Lowe said people will experience a “sea breeze” in the afternoon where it will be “more comfortable” 23 or 24 degrees – but inland it will be “very hot”. Especially tomorrow night will be very muggy and muggy. Normal sunny temperatures throughout the Irish summer reach 21, so this is ‘well above normal’.
Tonight it will be dry and very mild with temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees. We will see that some nebulae or fog may form.
On Monday we can expect exceptionally warm weather with temperatures ranging from 27 to 31 or 32 degrees, warmest in the Midlands and north Leinster.
It will be mostly dry with light or sunny spells and light to moderate southerly or variable breezes.
Monday night will be warm with temperatures of over 15 to 18 degrees. It will be mostly dry, but there will be showers in the west until morning.
As we head into Tuesday, very warm weather will continue in the east of the country as Met Éireann has issued a yellow status warning for Leinster.
High temperatures will range between 25 and 28 degrees, with Met Éireann warning people to be safe from heat stress, a high UV index from the sun and being near water.
In other places it will be cooler, in the evening showers will spread to the east.
From Wednesday, temperatures will normalize with reasonably dry weather and some showers.
At the moment, Met Éireann expect next weekend to be more choppy with rain moving in from the south-west on Saturday and further rain or showers on Sunday.
For those attending the All-Ireland Final today, Met Éireann warns them to be “sun conscious” as spectators will be exposed to plenty of sun at Croke Park today.
“The UV index will be very high so staying out of the sun is important so make sure you put sunscreen on before people go out and if you go to the game bring some with you so that You can reapply them during the game,” meteorologist Aoife told Kealy.
“Also make sure you are covered; Most people will bring a hat, but it is extremely important to protect yourself from the sun as much as possible.
“When you’re outdoors, you can’t avoid it. So it’s important to stay hydrated and bring plenty of water, especially for young children.”
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.
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