Extreme climate change as Ireland sizzles in a 10-day ‘heat dome’ and temperature soars to 29C
SCORCHIO Ireland is set for a dip in ten days of glorious weather – with temperatures hitting 29C over the weekend.
The nation experienced the hottest day of the year today as it simmers under a tropical ‘heat dome’ that extends into Ireland from the Azores islands off the coast of Portugal.
As sun-lovers flocked to the beaches, experts said it was set to get even hotter than Monday’s high of 27.4C at Dublin’s Phoenix Park – a departure from previous forecasts after the initial forecasts showed a shorter heat burst.
Weather genius Alan O’Reilly has shared long-range models that show temperatures as high as 29C in Ireland this weekend.
Mr O’Reilly predicted Ireland would be gripped by ‘a hot plume’ on Sunday as we ‘catch the edge’ of extreme 43C heat due to parts of the UK.
Le boffin said: “Weather models continue to show a risk of a warm plume around the 17th.
“Mid 30s in England and possibly up to 29C in Ireland in a worst/best case scenario depending on your outlook.
“Definitely an event to watch, but it will be a short-lived event.”
Tomorrow will be sunny again, although temperatures may drop slightly on Wednesday and Thursday.
But Mr O’Reilly, of Carlow Weather, insisted temperatures would start to soar again on Friday.
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He said, “It’s going to heat up again.
“For Friday, the temperatures will start to rise and the weekend looks even warmer than last weekend.
“There is a plume of warm air expected to come up from the south over the weekend, and that could bring us near 30C.”
Met Eireann also predicted temperatures would begin to rise again on Friday, hitting 24C in parts of the country.
But the weather service has yet to release its forecast for Super Sunday, July 17.
Across the water, UK Met Office man Steven Keates issued an alert that “record heat” was on the way this weekend.
As an orange extreme heat warning was issued for England and Wales, he said: ‘We’re on a real rollercoaster ride that could take people by surprise.
“Next weekend we could have really exceptional record heat and it will suddenly increase – like someone turned on the gas.
“Some US models are indicating we could see 43C in East Anglia next Sunday which would erase the current British record.”
Meanwhile, Met Eireann issued a warning about high UV levels and urged bettors to apply sunscreen and stay in the shade during the midday hours.
The National Forecaster said: ‘UV levels will be high to very high in any clear sky. Pay attention to the sun and be careful with the sun.
SWIMMERS MAKE HISTORY
Meanwhile, a group of swimmers made history as the first relay team to swim from Lambay to Bull Island.
The five-man team completed the 24km crawl across the Irish Sea in 6 hours 45 minutes over the weekend and raised €20,000 for Family Carers Ireland.
The team consisting of Dr Aidan Hampson, Frank Cope, Dave Cherry, Eoin Boyle and Damien Kelly, left Lambay Island on Saturday morning.
They swam along the cliffs of Howth Head in Dublin, around the Bailey Lighthouse, across Dublin Bay and to Bull Island.
Dr Hampson said he was inspired to do something for FCI after seeing the care the family of 19-year-old Jack O’Donovan needed.
Wheelchair user Jack has been her patient since birth and suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Dr Hampson said: “Each of us felt very privileged to be part of this swim for a charity that we want to promote more.”