Monday 01 September 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Dry but mostly cloudy for the rest of this evening, though staying mild. Continuing dry tonight with some breaks developing in the cloud; a few mist or fog patches may form as it turns cooler. West to southwest breezes will slacken over land. Lowest temperatures 8 to 10 degrees Celsius.

today's weather Tomorrow
Tuesday will be a dry day with a mixture of cloud and some sunny intervals. Winds will become light, southerly and temperatures will rise to between 16 and 19 degrees Celsius.

3 Day Outlook
General: Mostly dry weather, with very little rain expected. Occasional sunshine, with temperatures slightly above normal, but a good deal of cloud at times. But set to turn fresher next weekend.

Tuesday night: It will be a dry night. Some cloudy periods, but occasional clear spells too. Mist will form and may well thicken into patches of fog in places. Lowest temperatures 7 to 11 C.

Wednesday: A mild, mainly dry day, with a mixture of sunny spells and occasional cloudy periods. Top temperatures 17 to 20 C., in light to moderate south to southeasterly breezes. Some patches of sea mist may affect parts of the south and east coasts at times. Mild and misty overnight with some patches of fog and drizzle here and there. Lows of 9 to 13 C., are expected.

Thursday: Mild and close and warm in any sunny breaks, with temperatures 16 to 20 C. But there will be cloudy, misty periods to contend with also and these will produce some showery light rain at times. It will be mild and misty overnight, with some light drizzle in places. Lows of 10 to 13 C.

Trend: Winds are set to turn more northeasterly for Friday and next weekend. There should still be a good deal of dry weather about, but there will be more in the way of showers, a few will be heavy. Temperatures will be back a little, with top values typically 15 to 18 C. The nights will be cooler also.

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