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“Met Office to Issue Warning as Heatwave Sweeps Across Ireland”

Dublin: Ireland finds itself in the midst of a heatwave, offering a temporary reprieve from the typically chilly May weather. The nation recently marked a record-breaking moment with temperatures reaching 24 degrees Celsius. Met Éireann has issued a cautionary warning in anticipation of the extreme heat.

This unseasonably warm spell exceeds the usual May temperatures, which typically range between 13 to 16 degrees Celsius. The Met Office confirmed this as the hottest day of the year so far. Notably, Phoenix Park in Dublin recorded a high of 24 degrees Celsius, while Mount Dillon reached 23.7 degrees Celsius. However, meteorologists anticipate a return to normal temperatures by next week, despite the recent scorching conditions that surprised many.

In addition to the heat, the Met Office has alerted the public to the potential for solar flares this week, likely due to the presence of the Northern Lights. Drivers are urged to remain vigilant against heatstroke risks.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has echoed these concerns, advising drivers to guard against sunstroke, especially during the weekend. Intense sunlight can temporarily impair vision and lead to accidents, prompting the recommendation to wear sunglasses for protection.

Motorists are advised to take precautions, ensuring they have an adequate supply of drinking water, particularly during traffic congestion. Special attention should also be paid to vulnerable individuals, such as children and pets, during hot weather. Additionally, reports of unexpected interruptions in water supply have surfaced in various areas of Dublin.

The RSA emphasises that extreme heat poses risks not only to drivers but also to pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.

Looking ahead, Met Éireann’s Andrew Doran Sherlock forecasts slightly cooler conditions for today, with warm and dry weather prevailing. Maximum temperatures are expected to range between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. This heatwave is attributed to high pressure in the east; however, temperatures are anticipated to gradually decrease starting from Sunday. Sunday’s weather forecast includes a mix of cloud and sunshine, with isolated heavy rain and thunder possible.

https://x.com/MetEireann/status/1789161146919915540

Hear the latest National Forecast for today and the next few days: https://x.com/MetEireann/status/1789164620650844654

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