Saturday 25 October 2014

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Tonight's Weather
Continuing breezy for this evening and tonight with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Southwest winds will touch gale force at times near northwest coasts. Lowest temperatures 8 to 11 degrees.

today's weather Tomorrow
Sunday will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle along south, west and north coasts becoming persistent at times in the northwest. A fair amount of dry weather further east with a few bright or sunny intervals. Highest temperatures of 13 to 15 degrees with fresh to strong, gusty southwest winds.

3 Day Outlook
Sunday night will be mild and windy with outbreaks of rain, mainly in the West and North.

Bank holiday Monday is likely to stay dull over much of Connacht, West Munster and Western parts of Ulster with spells of rain, turning persistent and heavy later in the day. Over the rest of the country, there's likely to be a lot of dry weather and just a few showers with some brighter spells coming through. South to Southwest winds will remain fresh to strong and blustery and it will be mild with highest temperatures between 14 and 17 degrees.

Rain will spread countrywide on Monday night, with some heavy falls of rain likely.

The wet weather will slowly clear away from most areas on Tuesday, though it may be late in the day before the rain clears the Southeast. The winds will ease and become Northwesterly and it will turn cooler and fresher.

Tuesday night looks mainly dry and cold with some frost and fog patches forming as temperatures dip close to freezing.

Much of Wednesday should be dry and bright with some sunshine. A freshening Southeasterly breeze will bring some showers to parts of the West and South later in the day.

Wednesday night and Thursday look unsettled countrywide and will be blustery and milder again with outbreaks of rain.

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