Met Éireann issues Status Yellow high temperature warning as heatwave continues
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Met Éireann issues Status Yellow high temperature warning as heatwave continues

MET ÉIREANN has issued a new Status Yellow high temperature warning as the heatwave looks set to continue into next week.

It follows yesterday’s nationwide drought warning, that is in place until midnight this coming Friday.

Irish Water meanwhile has urged people to conserve water as demand ‘remains too high across the country’.

The high temperature warning was issued this evening and is valid from 11am until 9pm tomorrow.

Temperatures will climb to more than 27° Celsius throughout the day with Munster, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Galway, Leitrim and Roscommon the areas affected.

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The drought warning meanwhile says that with little or no rain forecast for most areas over the coming week, drought or near-drought conditions are expected to develop across Ireland.

On Friday, the temperature recorded at Shannon Airport was 32°C – the first time it’s been that hot in the country since 1976.

Just three months ago the country was being issued with snow and ice warnings, having earlier been battered by Storm Emma and the Beast from the East.

National untility service Irish Water has today revealed that it has 39 water supplies under night-time restrictions.

With over 100 water supplies at risk due to high consumption, it is tankering water from larger schemes to top up reservoirs where levels are falling.

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It has imposed a Water Conservation Order on the Greater Dublin Area to come into effect on Monday, lasting until July 21.

It will prohibit the use of hosepipes for the likes of gardening, washing vehicles or filling pools and ponds.

The organisation’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Kate Gannon, said: “It will take months for water levels to restore in raw water sources such as rivers, lakes and ground water supplies and for levels in our treated drinking water reservoirs to restore.

“We are asking the public to continue to conserve water in the months ahead and to follow our advice for longer term water conservation.’’