IRELAND is set for a scorcher as temperatures could hit highs of 31C THIS WEEK.
Temperatures are set to climb to blistering heights from Wednesday and could lead to the first five-day August heatwave in 20 years.
While Met Eireann currently predict 29C high, new charts show possible 31C heat.
Alan O’Reilly from Carlow Weather said: “We are likely to see a heatwave in Ireland from around the middle of this week into next weekend.
“That is five days with top temperature over 25C and latest GFS models show up to 31C possibly next weekend!”
He added: “A fine spell of weather ahead, enjoy it but remember the sunscreen and if on water remember the life jackets.
“It looks likely to last up to next Sunday but uncertain after that.
“Great to get another fine spell before we head into autumn next month.”
Met Eireann today issued a seven-day nationwide advisory warning for heat stress, “uncomfortably warm” nights and risk of water accidents when temperatures start to climb from Wednesday.
The sunny south east and midlands are set to get the brunt of the heat, as temperatures rise from aa sizzling 26C on Wednesday to a scorching 29C on Friday.
The mercury could rise even further on Saturday, as record highs of 31C have been forecast in the mid to southwest of the country.
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True to form, the north and northwest of the country will dodge the highest temperatures, with temperatures hovering around the 22-25C mark all week long.
Ireland could be set for its first August heatwave since 2003 if temperatures hit over 25C for five days in a row.
With Eireann’s Aoife Keeley said: “High pressure is going to be centered over the country for the next few days, really through the next week or so – which is going to bring largely settled conditions.
“From Sunday onwards we’re looking at mostly dry weather, plenty of dry weather with good spells of sunshine across the country and fairly light winds as well.”
“It’ll get much warmer as the week goes on – we’re going to have a very warm nights, by the end of the week temperatures overnight won’t really fall below 15C across the country and there will be places where it will barely get below 18C or 19C so there will be some uncomfortable nights.”
With Eireann’s current advisory states: “Ireland will experience a hot spell developing from Wednesday and continuing through the rest of the week and the weekend.
“Daytime temperatures will widely reach the mid to high twenties. Remaining uncomfortably warm overnight too. Impacts: Heat stress, especially for the more vulnerable of the population, high solar UV index and risk of water related incidents.”
Irish Water said the “vast majority” of their water treatment plants nationwide can continue to meet the demand for supply just weeks after Ireland hit its second highest temperature on record of 33C on Monday July 18.
An Irish Water spokesperson said: “We will continue to monitor the levels at all our supplies over the coming weeks and months and take any actions that may be necessary to maintain supplies, including communicating about localized issues as they arise.”