Wednesday 30 July 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Cloudy with patchy rain or showers this evening, but mainly dry in the south and southeast.

Tonight's Weather
Tonight will cloudy and misty with scattered outbreaks of light rain or drizzle but it will continue mainly dry in the south. The rain will turn heavier and more persistent towards morning. Lowest temperatures 13 to 15 degrees.

today's weather Tomorrow
Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy. Showery rain will spread eastwards and become widespread during the morning and afternoon with some heavy or thundery downpours likely. Brighter drier weather will follow from the west through the late afternoon and evening. Highest temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees with moderate westerly breezes.

3 Day Outlook
Friday will start dry in many areas but showers will become widespread during the day and some be heavy, prolonged and thundery. There will be a few brighter spells but it will be a rather cool day with highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees at best with light variable winds.

The showers will largely die out on Friday night and it will be a cool night with some mist and fog patches forming as temperatures fall to between 8 and 10 degrees.

Saturday will bring some early sunshine but it will turn very showery again across the country with some heavy or thundery showers likely in the afternoon. Highest temperatures will range 17 to 20 degrees, coolest in the North and West, with a light Northwesterly breeze.

Sunday will be a little milder as a moderate Southwesterly breeze sets in. There will be a lot of dry weather, but patchy drizzle and mist will occur at times in Atlantic coastal counties. The best of the sunshine will be in the North and East.

Bank-holiday Monday will start dry in many areas, apart from a little drizzle. It looks like rain will become widespread in the West during the morning. The wet weather spreading Eastwards during the afternoon and evening in a freshening Southerly wind. It will feel quite humid with temperatures of 19 to 23 degrees.

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