Record August heatwave continues as temperatures are forecast to hit 31C amid thunderstorm warning

Ireland’s August heatwave is expected to continue into early next week, with a yellow high temperature warning in place until Monday morning.

Yesterday, the country experienced its hottest August day on record, with temperatures hitting 31.7C in Co Carlow.

The baking temperature has broken a previous record of 27 years at Oak Park weather station, which recorded the highest readings during Ireland’s heatwave this week.

“Oak Park, Co. Carlow has now reached 31.7°C (11.8°C above the 1981-2010 long-term average). Tentatively beating the highest August temperature record for Ireland of 31.5C set in 1975 in Ballybrittas, Co Laois and 1995 in Oak Park,” Met Éireann said on Twitter on Friday night.

Met Éireann said temperatures could hit 31C again today, with the heat showing no immediate signs of abating.

The hottest conditions are expected in parts of Munster and South Leinster, while sea breezes will keep coastal areas slightly cooler.

The meteorologist said some clouds will “rise” in the afternoon and isolated thunderstorms are possible. The highest temperatures today are between 26 °C and 31 °C.

Tonight it will be warm with temperatures above 14 °C to 19 °C. Most areas will be dry with clear spells but some showers will develop in Ulster and Connacht with some heavy rain.

Met Éireann said tomorrow will be another hot day with temperatures of 25C to 30C, although it won’t be as hot in the north and north-west.

Most parts of the country will be dry and sunny in the morning, but there will be some showers in northern areas, with possible heavy downpours.

In the course of the afternoon and evening there will be isolated heavy showers and thunderstorms across the country. Met Éireann has warned that “slow downpours” are possible, which could lead to “punctual flooding”.

Sunday night will be warm and humid with temperatures exceeding 13C to 17C. Early in the night it will be mostly dry and clear but clouds and showers will move to the west and south-west and later spread to the north-east over much of the country out. Heavy and thundery showers are possible.

The Met Éireann yellow high temperature warning is due to be lifted at 6am Monday as showers continue to move northeast across the country.

The early rain will be followed by isolated showers and isolated sunbursts from the southwest.

Showers are likely to be heavy in Munster and South Leinster with the possibility of thunder and intermittent flooding. The highest temperatures range from 15 °C in the north-west to 23 °C in the south-east.

Monday night will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers, mainly in the east. Minimum temperatures of 12°C to 15°C are expected.

Met Éireann said Tuesday will see cooler and cloudier conditions with scattered showers, mainly over the eastern half of the country, while drier weather is forecast for the west. Highest temperatures range from 14°C to 21°C, mildest in the south-east.

Showers will be scattered on Tuesday night, but it will remain fairly cloudy, with minimum temperatures of 12°C to 17°C.

Wednesday is a mostly cloudy day with some showers in the east and highs of 15C to 22C.

As hot weather persists over the coming days, Irish Water is asking the public to continue their water conservation efforts to ensure critical stocks can be maintained.

While the majority of Irish Water’s 750 water treatment plants continue to meet water supply needs, the number of supplies affected by drought conditions has steadily increased.

And the number of restricted locations is likely to increase in the coming days and weeks as demand remains high due to the hot weather.

There are currently 37 supply points across the country where Irish Water is taking action to ensure the taps are flowing.

In most cases there is still no impact on customers, but there are a small number of places where overnight restrictions are in place. This includes parts of West Cork, Kerry and Galway.

In addition to the areas where active intervention is taking place, there are over 60 water supplies across the country which are closely monitored by Irish Water to ensure normal supplies are maintained through the remainder of the summer and into the autumn. Record August heatwave continues as temperatures are forecast to hit 31C amid thunderstorm warning

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