Temperatures in parts of Ireland break 82F (28C) as a heatwave continues to affect many parts of Europe.
A Status Yellow high-temperature warning was in place for six counties in the west and south of Ireland today.
The warning was for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry, Cork, and Limerick.
Today will be another dry and sunny day with the risk of isolated heavy or possibly thundery showers in the southwest. Highs of 22 to 28 degrees, warmest in the west, but a few degrees lower along eastern coastal fringes in moderate to fresh easterly onshore breezes. pic.twitter.com/wAamHbh7o5— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) June 27, 2019
The Status Yellow caution came while an “environmental warning” for potato blight remains in place due to the "warm and humid conditions."
Met Éireann (Ireland’s Meteorological Service) is also advising that the Solar UV index countrywide will be very high.
Highs of 71F (22C) to 82F (28C) warmest in the west, but a few degrees lower along eastern coastal fringes in moderate to fresh easterly onshore breezes.
She said the good weather will continue into Friday, with some areas experiencing temperatures of 80.6F (27C), but temperatures will drop after that.
Despite being among the six counties hit with a yellow weather alert, Cork and Kerry as well as other areas in the south-west face potential thunderstorms.
Ireland's weekend weather forecast
The good weather is expected to continue into the weekend with temperatures Saturday ranging from 68F (20C) to 77F (25C).
Sunday will be "quite breezy" and temperatures will return to normal in the high 60s and low 70s from then.
Atlantic chart showing forecast airmass & pressure. Cooler temperatures are displayed in green & blue shades, warmer temperatures in shades towards yellow & beige. This animation shows nicely how the warmer air from Europe is reaching Ireland, and then is forecast to recede again pic.twitter.com/l07UM4PZqZ— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) June 27, 2019
Dr. Finkele said it was too early to say if Ireland will experience further hot weather this summer.
An Garda Síochana (Ireland's police force) have appealed for people to stay safe on the roads and not to leave children and animals unattended in vehicles.
"If swimming please stay safe and obey warning notices," they advised.
The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has urged people not to swim in ESB reservoirs due to the risk of deep waters and fast-flowing currents.
Meanwhile, temperatures in Europe continued to climb toward 104F (40C) yesterday with two men aged 70 and 75 and a 62-year-old woman in France died from “thermal shock” on beaches, reports the Irish Mirror.
Germany’s meteorological agency said it has recorded its highest ever temperature for June.
The Deutscher Wetterdienst said that a preliminary reading showed the mercury reached 101.4F (38.6C) in Coschen, near the border with Poland, yesterday.
And in many European cities, authorities are distributing thousands of bottles of water to homeless people in a bid to keep them cool as the temperatures soar.
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