Ireland entering state of “absolute drought” as temperatures soar
Highs of 85F are expected to continue in Ireland as country enters into drought
Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather alert in Ireland as temperatures continue to soar reaching highs of 85°F. Head of forecasting Gerald Fleming said there is no sign of the heat wave breaking until at least late into next week.
“Absolute drought” was announced following 15 consecutive days where rainfall was less than 0.1 mm at Met Éireann rainfall measuring stations. The high temperatures which have not been recorded since the summers of 1995 and 2006, could spark off thundery showers in the country, which would come as a much welcomed relief to many, reports the Irish Times.
Severe health and safety warnings have been repeated this weekend to a population not entirely used to such conditions. With a high volume of people cooling off at their local beaches, water safety has become a top priority.
“We have lost seven people in seven days,” explained John Leech, chief executive of Irish Water Safety told the Times, “We think that is a record since the 1970s to have so many people killed in one week. Almost two generations have failed to learn how to swim in open water.”
The Irish Cancer society also issued warnings, and reminded all those seeking to make use of Ireland’s unusually hot weather by getting a darker glow this summer that “tanned skin is damaged skin.” Everyone was encouraged to wear sunscreen, seek shade, and cover up in appropriate clothing.
Ken Ring, a renowned long-range weather forecaster from Auckland, New Zealand, predicted Ireland’s heatwave in March of this year, while conventional forecasters were warning of another summer washout. Met Éireann’s Harm Luijks poured cold water on the predictions at the time, telling The Irish Times; “When people like Mr Ring get it wrong you never hear from them, but when they get it right they shout it from the rooftops.”
But Ring was spot on with his predictions, even going so far as to foresee drought conditions in the months of July and August. He dismisses global warming as the cause of such unusual changes in weather, “I think it’s nonsense. There is no global temperature when at any moment half the world is in winter and the other half in summer, and half are in daylight and the rest are enjoying their night. With no global thermometer there can be no idea about warming. Plus, before the 1990s and digital technology, all, old, glass thermometers could not read tenths, and yet we hear the temperature rose by 0.7C over a century. In any case, we have only been taking verifiable records for about half a century at the most.”
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