It's going to be so hot in Ireland this week, a fire warning has been issued 2 years ago

It's going to be so hot in Ireland this week, a fire warning has been issued

A fire warning, not something we're used to in Ireland.

A status orange fire warning has been issued for Ireland and will last for the duration of the current heatwave hitting country.

Temperatures are set to reach close to 30 degrees this week and will exceed that in some areas according to Met Éireann, but the heat will bring with it a "high fire risk" according to the Department of Agriculture.

The warning is already in place and, pending heavy rainfall, will expire on Thursday at 12.00am, although it is expected to be extended later in the week.

In a statement, the department said: "Highest ignition risk is deemed to exist in public amenity areas adjacent to urban centres and on areas of open at risk from illegal burning of waste.

"Increased growth levels and live fuel moisture in upland fuels, coupled with high humidity levels can be expected to moderate fire behaviour and spread rates at this point, subject to local terrain and wind conditions."

Forest owners, farmers, rural dwellers and other countryside users are asked to be extremely vigilant regarding fire activity, to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Gardaí and to report all fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999.

People are urged to remain hydrated in the current weather and to ensure they wear sun cream when out and about. Hats are also advised to prevent the risk of sunstroke.