All You Need To Know About The Impact Of High Temperatures

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Exceptionally warm weather will occur over Ireland today with daytime temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees generally and possibly up to 32 degrees in places today.

Night time temperatures will range from 15 to 20 degrees.

Met Eireann is advising that this can have a number of effects – some people may experience heat stress, those spending time outdoors are warned of a high solar UV index and advised to protect their skin and there is also a risk of incidents as people seek to use rivers, lakes or the sea to cool off. 

There have been 3 water related deaths up to the weekend as a third person, a man in his 60s got into difficulty while swimming in a lake near Portarlington on Saturday.

Met Eireann’s high temperature warning is in place until midnight tomorrow.

There is also a Status Orange High Forest Fire Risk Warning In Place Until Wednesday July 20th Landowners and the public are asked to avoid all outdoor fires and other open ignition sources.

All land owners urged to obey restrictions in place for land burning.

Forest visitors should not use barbeques or open fires at any stage.

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year, with temperatures of over 29C recorded in Phoenix Park.

A return to more normal conditions is expected from Wednesday, with temperatures ranging from 16-20C predicted.

Tipperary county council are advising the public that road surface temperatures will rise significantly in the hot weather and surface dressed roads (“tar and chips”) will be prone to softening of the bitumen.

This will lead to bitumen slicks occurring on some minor roads.

Road users are advised to slow down and exercise caution when braking in such situations.

Tipperary County Council may need to spread grit on national and regional routes due to high temperatures. The public should be aware that this will generate dust in the areas being treated.

Motorists are advised to stay at least 50 metres back from the spreaders, not to overtake spreaders and to  slow down or stop for oncoming spreaders as there may be reduced visibility, as the spreader passes.