Tuesday 30 September 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Patchy drizzle in Eastern parts will clear this evening and it will stay mild and humid in a light to moderate Southwesterly breeze.

Tonight's Weather
Later this evening, a band of rain will move into the northwest and will spread gradually southeastwards over much of the country during the night. Clearer conditions will follow to the Northwestern parts by morning. Light to moderate southwest winds will veer west to northwest later and there will be some mist and fog patches also. Lowest temperatures will range 8 to 11 degrees.

today's weather Tomorrow
Tomorrow, any patchy rain or drizzle will clear the south and southeast coast in the morning and a mainly dry day will follow countrywide with good sunny spells. It will be cooler and a good deal fresher than recently with highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees in light to moderate west to northwest breezes.

3 Day Outlook
Wednesday night will be mostly dry but it will turn cooler with temperatures expected to fall back to between 4 and 7 degrees. Good clear spells will develop with mist and fog patches likely over eastern areas where winds will fall slack for a time. A moderate northerly wind will prevail over western parts.

Thursday will be a mostly cloudy day with patchy outbreaks of rain in parts of the north and west of the country. Elsewhere it will be a drier day with brighter spells. South to southwest winds will be moderate in strength, with temperatures around normal for the time of year in the afternoon, between about 14 and 16 degrees. Thursday night will be a mild and humid night.

Towards morning the southwest wind will freshen and outbreaks of rain will develop. Friday then will start out wet with rain turning heavy through the day. It'll be Friday night before the rain clears through and then it will turn colder and fresher, temperatures back to between 4 and 6 degrees again on Friday night.

Saturday and Sunday will be cooler, fresher days. Winds on Saturday will be mainly southwest to west in direction and will be mainly light to moderate and it'll be mainly dry apart from a few isolated showers. Current indications suggest Sunday will be wet and breezy and a much cooler day with temperatures only just over 10 to 12 degrees at best in the afternoon. The further outlook in to next week is for continued cooler, fresher weather with rain at times.

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