Friday 19 September 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Cloudy and misty today with heavy, thundery showers mainly in parts of Munster, south Leinster but some are likely elsewhere too. The showers may lead to spot flooding. Highest temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees in moderate northeast winds.

Tonight's Weather
The heavy, thundery showers will continue tonight, once again mainly in Munster and Leinster with mist and fog patches too. Drier in parts of Connacht and Ulster with some clear spells. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 14 degrees with light to moderate northerly winds.

today's weather Tomorrow
The rain will clear the south and east coasts on Saturday morning, with drier and brighter weather in Ulster and Connacht extending to all areas. The afternoon will be dry and bright with good sunny spells, but, it will feel fresher than of late with highs of only 15 to 19 degrees in moderate northerly winds.

3 Day Outlook
Outlook: Much fresher and cooler than of late. It will turn more changeable and unsettled, with rain moving in from the Atlantic at times.

Cold on Saturday night, with patches of mist and fog developing. Lowest temperatures 3 to 7 C.
Sunday will be a bright, fresh day, with sunny spells, once early mist and fog clear. Top temperatures 16 to 18 C., in just moderate variable breezes. Cold overnight with clear spells. Lows of 4 to 8 C., are expected and patches of mist and fog will return also.

Monday: It will be largely dry and bright, with sunny spells, but it will become cloudy and misty in the northwest late in the day, with some patchy drizzle developing. Top temperatures 16 or 17 C. Rain will affect much of Ulster and Connacht overnight. But it should be dry elsewhere, if rather misty and foggy. Lows of 5 to 9 C., are expected - coolest in the southeast of the country.

Tuesday: Dry at first over Munster and Leinster, but patches of light drizzle spreading southwards across each province in the afternoon. Connacht and Ulster will have a damp morning, but should dry out gradually later in the afternoon. Highs of 14 to 18 C., are expected - best along the south coast.

Wednesday will be a breezy day, with fresh and gusty southwesterly winds. Rain looks set to push in off the Atlantic in the morning, to affect Connacht and Ulster. Some of it will turn heavy and will extend to the rest of the country during the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid teens.

At this stage, Thursday looks like being a breezy, showery day, with occasional dry, bright spells.

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