Thursday 27 November 2014

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Tonight's Weather
Most places will be dry overnight, except for outbreaks of rain across south-Munster. Across the far north-west, breaks in the cloud will lead to frost at times as temperatures fall close to zero. Otherwise the night will be relatively mild with lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees in moderate southeasterly winds.

today's weather Tomorrow
Rain in the south will clear early in the morning and the day will be dry and generally cloudy, but fairly bright. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees in moderate easterly winds.

3 Day Outlook
OUTLOOK: Much drier than usual conditions with fairly slack winds too. Mainly frost free, but mist and fog may develop.
TOMORROW NIGHT: Dry with a mix of cloud and clear spells. Some mist and fog in parts, with eastern areas most at threat, due to an onshore easterly breeze. Grass frost too (mainly over Munster), though a ground frost is unlikely. Lowest temperatures 4 to 8 degrees Celsius, with light to moderate easterly winds, near calm later.
SATURDAY: A dry day with virtually no wind, variable cloud cover but sunny spells developing at times across most areas, brightest in the south. Highest temperatures 10 to 12 degrees Celsius. Fog lingering locally. Generally frost free after dark, but mist and fog in parts will form due to near calm conditions. Lowest temperatures 4 to 8 degrees Celsius.
SUNDAY: Dry for most of the country but rather cloudy too - risk of a little patchy drizzle in the northwest. Highest temperatures 8 to 10 degrees Celsius with light variable breezes.
MONDAY: Beginning mostly dry with any frost and fog clearing. Brightest in the south and east to begin but cloud will increase countrywide later in the morning with scattered outbreaks of light rain or drizzle moving in from the Atlantic - most of which will affect Ulster. Highest temperatures 9 to 11 degrees Celsius, with moderate occasionally fresh northwest winds.

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