Met Éireann has issued a yellow high temperature warning for 18 counties from Thursday as maximum temperatures of 29C are forecast.
The warning currently applies to all districts in Leinster and Münster from Thursday 12 p.m. to Sunday morning 6 a.m.
“Very warm or hot on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with maximum temperatures generally of 27 to 29C,” said the national meteorologist.
“Warm at night with temperatures generally staying above 15C. “Daytime temperatures may not be as high in coastal areas due to sea breezes.”
It added that the effects of this hot weather will be heat stress, particularly for the more vulnerable demographic, a high UV index and the risk of water-related incidents.
ALONE expressed concern for the elderly as temperatures are expected to rise and urged the public to check on elderly neighbors, friends and relatives this week.
The charity, which supports the elderly, advises older people to keep cool and hydrated in the coming days and to take regular breaks from the sun.
Today parts of Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny should reach up to 26C.
Temperatures are currently above average for the month of August as the country experiences a heatwave.
Met Éireann said a heatwave consists of temperatures above 25C in the same location for five consecutive days.
Offaly and Laois and parts of Tipperary, Kilkenny and Kildare were all set to reach temperatures of 25C today.
Temperatures above 20C were also forecast for many counties today, with large parts of Ulster, Leinster and Munster above 22C.
Meteorologist Paul Downes said the hot spell in July was a “short, sharp burst” but this time it’s longer and it’ll be quite warm and muggy overnight.
He said some areas along the east coast could experience temperatures in the high teens overnight, making for quite uncomfortable sleeping conditions.
Mr Downes said the highest temperature recorded in August was 31.5C and it was “unlikely” to be beaten, but temperatures could hit 30C towards the end of the week.
He said Monday’s temperatures were slightly above model suggestions forecast by Met Éireann. He said Saturday currently appears to be the hottest day of the week so far.
Temperatures will hit 25C across the country tomorrow, with a possible high of 27C.
Mr Downes said the UV Index will also be quite high this week as there will be less cloud and more sunshine.
“On Thursday there will be widespread temperatures above 26C in much of Leinster and Munster and the coolest parts will be near Donegal and the fringes of Mayo and Sligo but you’re still looking at 21C by 24 ° C in these regions,” he said.
“Temperatures as high as 28C or 29C could be reached across the southern half of the country on Friday.
“Saturday is a similar day with maybe a degree more, it could hit 29C in some parts. However, it will be cooler over the northern fringes at 21°C to 24°C.
“The south east of the country will be the warmest on Sunday, with temperatures potentially reaching 29C in Carlow and Kilkenny.”
Meanwhile, ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan said they are “reminding older people to be cautious and exercise caution in the heat as this is a group at risk in extreme weather conditions”.
He said: “Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be very harmful for those over 65, particularly those who live alone or who already have underlying health conditions. It’s important to stay cool, drink plenty of water, and wear sunscreen and a hat when spending any time outdoors. We are used to extreme weather in winter, but extreme summer weather can also cause serious problems.”
He continued, “We also urge all members of the public to think of their elderly neighbors, friends and relatives living alone and to consider their needs; if there is anything you can help with, no matter how small, even dripping cold bottled water. It could make a big difference for an older person in these challenging times.”
https://www.independent.ie/weather/status-yellow-high-temperature-warning-issued-for-18-counties-for-three-days-as-highs-of-29c-forecast-41899500.html Status yellow high-temperature warning for 18 counties forecast for three days as highs of 29C