Tuesday 22 July 2014

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Tonight's Weather
Mild and close overnight. Mainly dry in Leinster and much of Ulster, but showers will continue to affect Munster, Connacht and west Ulster. They'll mostly die out by morning. Temperatures will fall no lower than 15 or 16 degrees with mist and fog along the east coast

today's weather Tomorrow
Wednesday will be another very warm and humid day with sunny spells. Leinster and much of Ulster will be dry. However, showers will develop in west Munster, Connacht and west Ulster. Some will be thundery in the afternoon and evening. Highest temperatures of 20 to 26 degrees with light variable winds.

3 Day Outlook
General: Warm and very humid weather will persist until Saturday. Some spells of hazy sunshine at times, but a lot of cloud, mist and sea fog also. Occasional rain or showers, some of it thundery. Winds will be light variable, locally moderate in any sea breezes.

Very humid on Wednesday night, with mist and fog. Some thundery showers will affect the west and northwest of the country for a time too, but mainly dry elsewhere. Lowest temperatures 13 to 16 C.

Warm and close on Thursday and Friday, with a mixture of cloudy, misty periods and occasional spells of hazy sunshine. Some showers also, a few thundery in nature, possibly leading to spot flooding in places. Temperatures will be in the low to mid twenties.

There is some uncertainty re the weather next weekend. It should be warm and close again on Saturday, with occasional spells of hazy sunshine. But there is a risk that a spell of rain will move in across the country from the Atlantic. The passage of this front, looks set to introduce much fresher weather for Sunday, with moderate westerly winds. Some sunny spells, but scattered showers also and temperatures would be back to more normal values also.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways - www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard