Thursday 28 August 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
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Tonight's Weather
Overcast tonight with outbreaks of rain. The rain will occur mainly across Connacht Ulster and the north of Leinster. Elsewher and otherwise good dry spells will arise later tonight. Fresh southwest winds. Mild. Lowest temps of 12 to 14 degrees.

today's weather Tomorrow
Mostly cloudy tomorrow with outbreaks of rain. The rain will occure mainly across the midlands west and north, but witolo be light and intermittent. Most other areas will be dry. Moderate west breezes. Top temperaturees of 17 to 19 degrees.

3 Day Outlook
Headline: Humid and quite warm with a good deal of dry weather over the weekend and much of next week.

Friday night: Scattered outbreaks of rain, with winds easing. Minimum temperatures 10 to 13 degrees.

Saturday: Most areas dry, with bright or sunny spells, but a few scattered showers will occur also. Maximum temperatures 16 to 19 degrees, with moderate westerly breezes easing further.

Sunday: Becoming warmer, with temperatures in the low 20s in places in moderate southwest winds. Mainly dry in the midlands, east and south, but cloudier and a little cooler in Atlantic coastal counties with occasional light rain and drizzle.

Monday & Tuesday: Quite warm and humid with spells of sunshine, though it won't be completely dry with patches of light rain or drizzle. Highest temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees in light winds.

Wednesday to Saturday : Early indications suggest that it will stay mainly dry and warm, with sunny periods in light breezes.

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