Tuesday 16 September 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Warm and mainly dry for the rest of today with hazy sunshine in mostly light easterly winds.

Tonight's Weather
Tonight will continue dry with broken cloud. However, mist and fog will return to many inland areas as the night goes on and will become dense in places as winds slacken. It will be rather mild and humid and lowest temperatures will stay between 10 and 14 degrees.

today's weather Tomorrow
Tomorrow morning mist and fog will lift with sunny spells developing through the day. Winds will be light to moderate easterly but will gradually freshen near southern coasts later. It will continue to be warm with top temperature reaching between 18 and 22 degrees, well above normal for the time of year in many areas.

3 Day Outlook
Headline : Mainly dry, warm conditions will continue in a lot of areas for the rest of the week and over the weekend, but we could see some showery rain at times during Friday and early Saturday.

Mild and close in many areas on Wednesday night, with mist and fog and lowest overnight temperatures of 9 to 13 Celsius, with light, occasionally moderate easterly winds.

Generally dry and bright on Thursday with hazy sunny spells developing, once overnight fog has lifted. There will be hazy cloudy periods as well, especially near southern coasts, where we could get some patchy rain at times. Afternoon temperatures of 17 to 21 degrees C. in light or moderate east to northeast breezes.

Friday and Saturday will be humid, close days. There are some indications that some showery rain may break out in places, with the highest risk in southern and eastern areas, but this is just a risk at present and it could well hold mostly dry with hazy sunny periods. Sea mist or fog may affect coastal areas of the south and east. Afternoon highs of 17 to 19 or 20 degrees C..

Sunday: Overnight mist and fog will lift gradually during Sunday morning to give a dry day with sunny spells developing, but staying misty in some parts. Winds light and afternoon highs of 17 to 20 degrees C..

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