Monday 20 October 2014

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Tonight's Weather
Becoming extremely windy overnight, with heavy rain spreading eastwards, followed by clearer weather, with occasional squally showers. Strong and gusty south to southwest winds will veer northwesterly, increasing strong to gale force, with some severe gusts, especially in parts of the northwest and north. Minimum temperatures 6 to 8 Celsius.

today's weather Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Tuesday, will be extremely windy, with strong to gale force northwesterly winds and with some severe gusts for a time, especially in the northeast and north. There will be some sunny spells, but occasional showers also. The showers will become more isolated later and winds will slowly ease. Maximum temperatures 10 to 13 Celsius.

3 Day Outlook
Tuesday night will be largely dry as the last of the showers clear away. Lows of 6 to 9 degrees in light westerly winds.

On Wednesday a band of rain will affect parts of Ulster and Connacht and northern parts of Leinster, further to the south it will be drier. A mix of cloudy and bright spells with moderate southerly winds. Temperatures will range from only 10 to 13 degrees. Showers will continue overnight on Wednesday and will mainly affect the western half of the country. A mild night with lows of 10 or 11 degrees.

A milder day on Thursday, but cloudy with outbreaks of rain as fronts cross the country. Temperatures will climb to between 12 and 16 degrees in moderate southerly breezes. Another mild night with outbreaks of rain and lows of 7 to 10 degrees.

Temperatures look like taking a dip on Friday as rain affects the south and east, with some heavy falls likely. Daytime highs will only range from 10 to 13 degrees.

At the moment the weekend is looking showery with some sunny spells.

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