18 counties hit with weather warning as temperatures set to reach 29 degrees 1 month ago

18 counties hit with weather warning as temperatures set to reach 29 degrees

There's gonna be a few scorchers ahead.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow high-temperature warning for 18 counties.

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Issued on Tuesday (9 August), the alert will come into effect from 12pm on Thursday until 6am on Sunday and will apply to all counties in the provinces of Leinster and Munster.

Met Éireann's warning states it will be "very warm or hot" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with maximum temperatures generally of 27 to 29 degrees.

Night-time during this period will also be warm, with temperatures generally staying above 15 degrees.

That said, daytime temperatures in coastal areas may not be as high due to sea breezes.

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In relation to the potential impact of such high temperatures, Met Éireann lists:

  • Heat stress, especially for the more vulnerable of the population
  • High Solar UV index
  • Risk of water-related incidents
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The warning comes as a Met Éireann weather advisory is already in effect for the entire country.

"Ireland will experience a hot spell developing from Wednesday and continuing through the rest of the week and the weekend," it states.

"Daytime temperatures will widely reach the mid to high twenties. Remaining uncomfortably warm overnight too."

Ahead of the heatwave, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has asked road users to be aware of the dangers posed by the heat.

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Meanwhile, Irish Water has urged the public to conserve water to ensure supplies are healthy into late summer and autumn.