Ireland braces for ‘unusually hot weather’ with temperatures up to 32C

A high temperature warning has been issued for Ireland from this weekend, with people urged to take precautions against sunburn or heatstroke.

The yellow status alert is expected to be in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday to 9 p.m. Tuesday, with temperatures of up to 32C possible in places on Monday.

Raising the alert on Friday, Met Eireann said the “unusually hot weather” will bring daytime temperatures of 25-30C.

Nighttime temperatures will fluctuate between 15 and 20°C.

Speaking on RTE Radio, Met Eireann senior forecaster Gerry Murphy said it was “quite unusual” for Met Eireann to issue a high temperature warning but not an unprecedented one.

“Temperatures sometimes reach the very high 20 or 30 degrees in Ireland, but we are going to see these high temperatures above 25 degrees for three days, over much of the country, which means that it is quite a weather event. spread across the country.

“It won’t be the same everywhere, but overall it will be very hot across the country.

“Temperatures will climb into the mid 20s on Saturday with the highest temperatures in the Midlands and then as you move on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – all areas are very hot.

“Monday will be the hottest of the three days. Temperatures can be expected to top 30 degrees across much of the country on Monday, which is quite unusual.

Mr Murphy said showers are also forecast for Tuesday.

“When they encounter this warm air, some of these showers can be very heavy, with thunderstorms possible.”

A risk of heat stress, especially for the most vulnerable populations; high solar UV index, which means there is a high risk of sunburn; and a risk of water-related incidents as people flock to lakes and beaches in hot weather are all possible risks associated with hot weather.

Mr Murphy said: “So we mentioned heat stress in vulnerable people – especially the very young, the very old – where these conditions can have potentially negative effects.

“So we’re asking people to stay out of the sun and to be very careful at night to be as comfortable as possible and to make sure people are hydrated.”

People have been warned to take precautions in hot weather.

The HSE National Cancer Program advises people to protect their skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure, particularly during the hours of 11am to 3pm from April to September.

Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue has warned people not to leave their dogs unattended in cars, to ensure they have shade and plenty of water and, if possible, to exercise in the morning or evening.

The Road Safety Authority has advised people to be aware of the dangers on the road posed by glare, which can cause drivers to be blinded or blinded by the sun.


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