Thursday 23 October 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Mild and breezy today with scattered outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.
Many areas cloudy but there will be some bright or sunny spells in the east and south.
Temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees in fresh southwesterly winds.

Tonight's Weather
Clear spells developing tonight and turning cooler with lowest temperatures 5 to 8 degrees in moderate to fresh west to southwest winds.

today's weather Tomorrow
Friday: A bright, cool, blustery day with sunny spells everywhere.
Overall a good deal of dry weather with good drying but there will be scattered, passing showers.
Highest temperatures 10 to 14 degrees.
Moderate to fresh southwesterly winds will become strong later in the northwest.

3 Day Outlook
Headline : Weather fronts will track near or over Ireland over the Bank Holiday weekend giving windy and quite cloudy weather generally with scattered outbreaks of rain. Some heavy rain is possible in particular in the northwest but some good dry spells are likely for Munster and Leinster.

Cool and windy Friday night with heavy showers in the west and north and dry weather elsewhere. Lowest temperatures 5 to 8 degrees.

Saturday: A fresh, windy day with sunny spells and in the west and north some passing showers. Highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees in fresh to strong southwesterly winds gusting to gale force in exposed areas.

Sunday: The winds easing a little for Sunday and feeling a little milder. After a generally dry start heavy rain will develop over parts of Connacht and Ulster with temperatures here of about 12 or 13 degrees. Mostly dry elsewhere with some sunny spells and highs of 14 or 15 degrees C.

Monday: Mild and cloudy on Monday with scattered outbreaks of rain, heavy and persistent in places. Temperatures of 13 to 15 degrees in fresh southwesterly winds.

Next week: Changeable.

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