Met Éireann has confirmed that new temperature records were set in a number of locations across the country today as the country sizzled from east to west.
The forecaster said “several” local temperature records were tentatively broken at various stations across the country this month.
The Phoenix Park weather station has achieved a number of milestones, most recently with the provisional recording of its highest temperature since data was first recorded in the early 19th century, when it reached 33.1C at around 3:30pm this afternoon.
The highest recorded temperature for Ireland of 33.3 °C was recorded at Kilkenny Castle on Sunday 26 June 1887.
At 33.1°C, it is the highest temperature ever recorded in Dublin and 12.8°C above the county long-term average (LTA). The previous July record for Phoenix Park was 29.5C in 1989.
Temperatures at Dublin Airport also broke an all-time record, hitting 28.9C just after midday, according to Carlow Weather.
Other stations that recorded their tentative “highest-ever temperatures” today are Dunsany, Co Meath with 30.2°C (10.7°C above the LTA), Mullingar, Co Westmeath with 30.4°C (11, 2°C above LTA), Ballyhaise, Co Cavan at 30.5C (10.7C above its LTA) and Mount Dillon, Co Roscommon at 31.0C (11.3 above its LTA).
The Elphin weather station in Roscommon still holds the record for the second highest temperature this century at 32.3°C recorded on Wednesday 19th July 2006.
In order to verify a new temperature record, a few steps are now being taken. Met Éireann said a committee of experts must examine the observation, equipment, calibration and observing practices, the temperature’s correspondence with surrounding stations and its own observation records.
As temperature records are being broken in Ireland, continental Europe is experiencing its second heatwave of the summer, which has caused widespread impacts including wildfires, droughts and heat-related deaths. The Forecaster said the increase in the frequency and intensity of extremely hot weather was “directly linked to climate change, which will continue to affect Ireland”.
Met Éireann has set up a new “Climate Services Division” to meet the changing needs of the public and “ensure the provision of the best possible climate information to users, policy makers and the general public”.
So says the department’s head, Keith Lambkin, who said the department will “improve the translation of past and projected climate data into usable, actionable information.”
“Makes it easier for Irish sectors to make long-term, climate-sensitive decisions,” he added.
“A national framework for climate services will support sectors, companies, policymakers and planners that need help understanding and applying climate information in their decisions. It helps ensure we’re all singing from the same climate anthem sheet. This is particularly important in cross-sectoral decision-making as we adapt to our changing climate.
“As Ireland’s population increases, it is important that we adapt to future temperature extremes.”
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