Thursday 24 July 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Many areas dry this afternoon and evening, with some warm sunshine, especially in the north. Cloudy periods in many areas also, with scattered showers, some of them heavy, with a risk of thunderstorms, especially in the western half of the country. Very warm and humid, with maximum temperatures of 20 to 27 Celsius, in light northeasterly or variable breezes.

Tonight's Weather
Tonight, the showers will largely die out and most areas will be dry, with clear spells. Misty in places, with fog patches. Very mild and humid. Minimum temperatures 12 to 16 Celsius, with light northeasterly or variable breezes.

today's weather Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday , will be dry and sunny in most areas. However, there is a risk of some heavy, thundery showers developing later in the afternoon and evening, especially in parts of Munster, but parts of the west and northwest also at risk. Very warm and humid. Maximum temperatures 22 to 27 Celsius, with light northeast or variable winds.

3 Day Outlook
Friday night will become cloudy with outbreaks of rain developing in the west and spreading eastwards overnight.

Saturday will start mostly cloudy and with outbreaks of rain gradually clearing eastwards during the day. The rain could turn heavy or persistent for a time in the north but drier and brighter weather in the southwest will extend further eastwards later. It will be a cooler and fresher day with top temperatures of 18 to 23 degrees in light to moderate west to northwest breezes. Saturday night will be cooler than recent nights with lowest temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees.

There will be isolated showers on Sunday with some sunny spells. But it will be cooler and fresher with temperatures returning to more normal values for the year and should reach between 17 and 20 degrees. Northwesterly winds will increase moderate to fresh.

Monday will be similar with isolated showers and some sunny spells but slightly milder and becoming humid again with top temperatures in the high teens to low twenties as the northwesterly winds ease somewhat.

Tuesday and Wednesday will continue to be mainly dry but showers will affect mainly the northern half of the country.

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 -
  • 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