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Temperatures in Ireland reach record levels; High temperature warning extended until Saturday morning

DUBLIN: The nationwide Status Yellow high temperature warning issued by Met Eireann on Tuesday has been extended until Saturday morning (tomorrow) as the heatwave continues.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Ireland this year, 31.4 degrees Celsius, was registered in Armagh city yesterday afternoon. The previous high temperature recorded was 31.3C in Castlederg, Co Down, on Wednesday, and 31.2C in Ballywatticock, Co Down, on Saturday.

Met Eireann described Wednesday night as the first tropical night in Ireland for 20 years.  According to meteorologists, the night temperature will be 16 to 18 degrees Celsius in the next few days.

The highest temperature in the Republic on Thursday was 30.7C at Mount Dillon, Co Roscommon. The highest temperature recorded here on Wednesday was 30.8C, making it the hottest day of the year in the Republic.

Cavan, Monaghan, South Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford, and Westmeath were under a Status Orange high temperature warning till 9 am today.

Today will be hot throughout the day and humid at night. Overnight temperatures are unlikely to fall below 20 degrees.

Northern Ireland is still under an Amber warning for severe heat until Friday at midnight.

Irish Water urges public to conserve water

Irish Water has urged the public to conserve water in order to ensure a consistent supply for all. Water source levels are decreasing due to the dry weather and high temperatures, and demand for drinking water has grown substantially in many places. 

“The current extra demand, combined with reduced capacity, is not sustainable. We are appealing to everyone to be mindful of this and reduce water consumption as much as possible,” Irish Water said.

It also reminded people to follow public health and HSE guidelines, and that handwashing and hygiene remain crucial in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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