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The Irish Times, 21/07/2021

Temperatures in Ireland top 30 degrees as the hottest day of the year recorded

Temperatures reached just over 30 degrees in Ireland on Wednesday, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon recorded 30.1 degrees, according to Met Éireann’s latest weather report at 3pm.

A status orange high-temperature warning is in place for Cavan, Monaghan, south Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath until 9 am on Friday.

A yellow weather warning is in force for the rest of the country, with high temperatures continuing this week, with hot conditions by day and staying very warm and humid at night.

The highest temperature of the year had previously been recorded on Saturday with 29.6 degrees at Durrow, Co Laois.

Check the temperatures where you are.

People walk along a pathway exposed by the falling water level at Spelga Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains of Co Down. Northern Ireland Water has asked the public to reduce water use as the system is under extreme pressure due to an increase in demand. Photograph: PA
People walk along a pathway exposed by the falling water level at Spelga Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains of Co Down. Northern Ireland Water has asked the public to reduce water use as the system is under extreme pressure due to an increase in demand. Photograph: PA

The highest temperature ever recorded in Ireland was 33.3 degrees at Kilkenny Castle, on June 26th, 1887.

In Northern Ireland the Met Office has issued an amber weather warning over extreme heat from 8am on Wednesday until 11.59 pm on Friday night. Northern Ireland recorded a provisional record high temperature on Saturday when the mercury hit 31.2 degrees in Ballywatticock close to Newtownards in Co Down at 3.40pm.

Irish Water is continuing to urge the public to conserve water to ensure “a consistent supply for all during this busy time”. Demand for drinking water has increased very significantly in many supplies across Waterford city and county, it said.

Temperatures will remain above 17 to 20 degrees for much of tonight.

Light southeasterly or variable breezes will allow some mist and fog patches to develop.

Thursday will be a hot and mostly dry day with highest temperatures again between 27 to 30 degrees.

The best of the sunshine will be in the northeast with hazier sunshine elsewhere. Later in the afternoon, there is a chance of an isolated thundery showers breaking out over Ulster.

Friday will be another very warm day with highest temperatures of 25 to 29 degrees generally, again slightly lower along southern and eastern coasts, in light to moderate easterly breezes.

Scattered showers will develop over the southern half of the country, possibly thundery at times, with more isolated showers further north in the best of the sunshine.

Friday night will be largely dry and warm in mainly light northeasterly breezes. Towards the morning, some patchy drizzle will move into southern coasts.

Friends Daithi Dignam and Ben Noone (centre) taking the cooling plunge in the Shankill River, Manor Kilbride, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times
Friends Daithi Dignam and Ben Noone (centre) taking the cooling plunge in the Shankill River, Manor Kilbride, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Met Éireann said there is some uncertainty over the weekend but current indications suggest that Saturday will be less warm than previous days with highest temperatures ranging from 19 or 20 degrees in the east to 24 or 25 degrees in the west.

There will be good sunny spells but scattered showers will develop during the afternoon, mainly in the east and southeast where it will be cloudier. Winds will be mostly light to moderate northeasterly.

Highest temperatures of 22 to 25 degrees generally, a degree or two lower along northern and northwestern coasts, in moderate north to northwest breezes.

Source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/temperatures-in-ireland-top-30-degrees-as-hottest-day-of-the-year-recorded-1.4626677

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July 21, 2021
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