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Heatwave warnings from Met Eireann last until Friday; Government introduced water restrictions nationwide

DUBLIN: Met Eireann has warned that the scorching heat in the country will continue until Friday. The national forecaster said daytime temperatures could reach as high as 25 degrees and that humid weather would continue at night.

The start of next week is expected to be as bright and warm as the weekend, with temperatures ranging from 22 to 26 degrees Celsius. The dry weather will continue as well, Met Eireann said.

On Friday, Roscommon set a new temperature record of 27.1°C. The previous high temperature this year was 25.6C, recorded in Phoenix Park in Dublin.

The highest temperature of 29.5C was recorded in Galway on Saturday, Met Eireann said.

Water restrictions in place nationwide

The government has introduced water restrictions in Ireland as the heat intensifies. Water restrictions have been introduced in various parts of the country as temperatures in the country have risen to Mediterranean levels.

In view of declining water availability, Irish Water stated that it’s been monitoring all of its raw water sources, including lakes, rivers, springs, and groundwater sources.

Night restrictions for water conservation have been imposed in Laois, Kerry, Wexford, Dublin, Meath and Donegal to ensure a consistent day time supply. Irish Water has informed that there may be low water pressure or outages in the Dublin areas Garristown, Balimadun, Tobergregan, Baldwinstown, and Palmerstown.

Water use should be moderate

Ireland’s water utility company has urged the public to save water in order to ensure a consistent supply during the current heat wave. Irish Water said, “While the public are being asked to conserve, there are currently no plans to implement a Water Conservation Order.”

Irish Water explained that it expects a huge increase in domestic and commercial demand for water in the coming weeks. It also said that water conservation has been prioritised in tourist areas and farms.

Irish Water also advises reducing shower use, avoiding paddling pools, and washing cars using buckets and sponges rather than a hose. People are encouraged to use rose head watering cans in their gardens instead of hoses.

Irish Water also suggests households to fix dripping taps and leaking toilets, turn off the tap when brushing teeth, and reuse water collected from baths, showers and hand basins.

Tom Cuddy, Irish Water’s Head of Asset Operations, said: “As demand increases we are appealing to the public to redouble their efforts in conserving water in the home, in the garden, at work and on the farm, especially during the busy months of July and August.

“As rivers, lakes and groundwater levels reduce through the summer and autumn period, there is less water available for supply, while at the same time the warmer weather gives rise to increased water demands for domestic, agricultural and leisure uses,” he added.

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