Thursday 30 October 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Today will be mild, with some bright spells in eastern areas, but predominantly cloudy, with patches of rain and drizzle, mainly along Atlantic coasts, where rain will be persistent at times, turning heavier along there later. Hill and coastal fog also. Maximum temperatures 14 to 17 Celsius, with mostly moderate to fresh southerly winds.

Tonight's Weather
Tonight will be very mild and breezy, with moderate to fresh southerly winds. A cloudy, misty night, with patches of rain and drizzle, heavy at times along Atlantic coats and moving further inland across parts of west Munster, Connacht and west Ulster. Hill and coastal fog persisting. Minimum temperatures 12 to 14 Celsius.

today's weather Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, will be mainly dry in the east, with some bright spells, but cloudy and misty in many areas, with patches of rain, drizzle and fog, mainly on hills and coasts. Rain will be heavier in west Munster and parts of Connacht, extending gradually eastwards as the day progresses. Clearer weather, with scattered showers, will follow from the west later tomorrow and early tomorrow night. Maximum temperatures 14 to 17 or 18 Celsius, with fresh and gusty south to southeast winds.

3 Day Outlook
Headline : Unsettled weather continuing. Turning much cooler in the early days of next week, with some frost at night.

Friday night : Good clear spells, but scattered showers also, mainly in Munster, Connacht and west Ulster. Min. 7 to 9 C., in a moderate to fresh SW'ly wind.

Saturday : Dry in many areas at first, with just a few scattered showers. Persistent rain will develop in the SW & W, spreading gradually eastwards during the afternoon, with some heavy bursts, especially in the south. Max. 11 to 14 C, in a fresh to strong southerly wind.

Sunday : Cool and windy, with sunny spells & showers, some heavy, with a slight risk of thunder, especially in Atlantic coastal areas. Max. 10 to 13 C, in a fresh and gusty SW'ly wind.

Monday : SW winds will ease and there will be some sunny spells, but showers also, some heavy, with a risk of longer spells of rain and thundery downpours.
Max. temperatures just 9 to 12 Celsius, falling close to freezing or below in many areas on Monday night, with frost and a risk of icy patches.

Tuesday : Cool and breezy, with sunny spells and scattered showers, some heavy, with hail and a risk of thunder, especially in coastal areas.

Further Outlook : Early indications suggest that Wednesday is likely to be cool and mostly dry, but mild and unsettled weather will return after midweek.

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