Heatwave Update

Heatwave Update

Latest Forecast courtesy of Ireland’s Weather Channel



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An exceptionally warm plume of air is becoming established across the country having originated over the Iberian Peninsula and southwestern France, with upper air temperatures some 10-12 degrees Celsius above average for the time of year. This very warm airmass combined with the lack of soil moisture levels and strong diurnal heating are likely to lead to a new all time Irish temperature record for the month of May.

Weather to be scorchingly hot tomorrow

The existing temperature record for May is 28.4 degrees Celsius, which was set in Ardfert Co. Kerry in 1997. However that record looks set to be broken tomorrow with projected temperatures of up to 29 or even 30 degrees Celsius likely to occur in some inland and mid western parts of the country, with all other areas seeing temperatures in excess of 25-26 degrees Celsius, making tomorrow the hottest day of the year so far and possible the hottest day since June 2018.

Latest indications suggest that heatwave conditions will develop in many parts of the country also, with temperatures set to exceed 25 degrees Celsius for between 3-5 consecutive days. This is certainly welcome news for many however for the farming community this is a troubling time. Soil moisture deficit levels are likely to continue rising, with heat stress for plants, grasses and animals also becoming a major challenge through the remainder of the week.

Going to be hot, hot, hot on weather front for all this week. Photo Credit: Con Murphy Photography

Our temperatures look set to remain above average for the foreseeable future, with no rainfall predicted either. Water resources are likely to become stretched as drought conditions develop once again. Areas which are dependent upon groundwater resources may well encounter shortages due to the lack of precipitation over the past number of months, combined with the continuing severe dry spell.

If you have any questions on this mornings update then as always please feel free to drop me a message, email me at or phone me directly on 0879723300.

Kindest regards,

Cathal Nolan