Tuesday 02 September 2014

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Tonight's Weather
Dry tonight with a mixture of cloudy and clear spells. Temperatures will fall to between 7 and 11 degrees in light breezes - calm in places.
A few fog patches will form overnight with poor visibility in places by dawn.

today's weather Tomorrow
Fog patches will lift during the morning and where cloudy, sunny spells will develop so overall it will be a very pleasant, dry day on Wednesday with sunny spells.
A mild day with highest temperatures 18 to 21 degrees in light southeasterly breezes.

3 Day Outlook
Thursday: Some sunny spells will occur but overall there is likely be a good deal of cloud about. Some outbreaks of rain are possible with even isolated heavy falls a small possibility but many areas will have another dry day. Rather warm and humid with temperatures of 19 to 22 degrees in light southeasterly breezes.

Friday: There is a possibility of a cold front crossing the country from the Atlantic which would be mean quite cloudy conditions and outbreaks of rain. Rainfall amounts are predicted to be less than 10mm anywhere. Temperatures on Friday 17 to 21 degrees (highest in the south and southeast) in light northerly breezes. Clearer, fresher weather is likely to extend into the northwest later followed by a cool, clear night Friday night with temperatures over Ulster and Connacht falling to 5 or 6 degrees; elsewhere mainly cloudy with minima no lower than 12 degrees.

This weekend: The forecast is for mainly dry weather but some scattered showers are possible with cloud building up from time to time. Good sunny spells will occur also and drying conditions will be good with winds from a mainly northeasterly direction. Daytime temperatures ranging from a cool 14 or 15 degrees over Ulster and north Connacht to between 16 and 18 degrees over the rest of the country. The nights could be quite chilly if the cloud is broken with possible minima of around 5 degrees.

Next week: There is a high probability of the settled spell lasting into the early days of next week.

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