Thursday 18 December 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Windy and mostly cloudy this morning, with further spells of rain, heavy at times. But brighter, more showery weather in the north and west before lunchtime, will extend to all areas by late this evening. Top afternoon temperatures of 7 or 8 C., over Ulster and Connacht, but still up to 12 or 13 C., elsewhere. Moderate to fresh westerly winds will develop as the rain clears.

Tonight's Weather
Cool and breezy tonight with fresh and gusty westerly winds. Some dry clear spells , but scattered showers also, a few of hail in northern areas. Lowest temperatures 2 to 5 C., with some frost in places.

today's weather Tomorrow
Friday will be a cool, breezy day, with further showers at times. These heaviest and most frequent over Ulster, Connacht and west Munster. Some bright or sunny spells also, best in the south and east. Top temperatures 6 to 10 C., best along the south coast.

3 Day Outlook
The weather will be changeable over the weekend and through the early days of next week, when it will be more unsettled and often quite wet.

Cool and breezy on Friday night, with a mixture of clear spells and occasional cloudy periods. Some rain or hail showers, with most of these in northern areas. Winds fresh and gusty westerly. Lowest temperatures 3 to 6 C., with a slight frost in sheltered areas.

Saturday will be cool and breezy too, with sunny spells and just well scattered showers. Top temperatures 7 to 9 C. Fresh and gusty westerly winds will moderate later in the afternoon. Dry and cool early Saturday night, but milder and cloudier weather, with some rain, will push in off the Atlantic later.

Sunday will be a mild, breezy and fairly cloudy day, with just occasional bright or short sunny spells. There will be some rain and drizzle scattered about, but much of it should be light. Highs on Sunday of 11 or 12 C. Windy overnight, with strong and gusty southwest to west winds. Rain will be fairly widespread and is likely to become heavy in places. Mild, with no frost.

Monday and Tuesday will be windy and fairly cloudy days, with spells of heavy rain moving in off the Atlantic, from time to time. Temperatures by day will be above normal, ranging from about 10 to 12 C.. The nights will be mild, so no frost is expected.

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