Met Éireann has said heatwave conditions can be expected in Ireland from Thursday onwards as it issues a Status Yellow weather warning.
It will be in place from midday on Thursday until 6am on Sunday morning.
The forecaster has warned of “very warm or hot on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with maximum temperatures generally of 27-29°“.
A weather advisory for the entire country is in place for hot weather until Monday.
It also said it will be warm at night with temperatures generally staying above 15°.
The Status Yellow warning comes into place at noon on Thursday and ends at 6am on Sunday.
Linda Hughes from Met Eireann says many areas will experience very high temperatures:
”It’s unlikely that the yellow warning will be upgraded any further. There’s the chance that some other counties, may be south Connacht, might be added to the warning at some point but we’re confident with the very high temperatures across Leinster and Munster at the moment.”
Meanwhile, the Head of Asset Operations with Irish Water has said that “modest interventions” are being taken to conserve the water supply.
Tom Cuddy said that demand for water is increasing, but the situation remains “relatively stable“.
In Europe, many countries are counting the cost of prolonged heatwaves this summer, with droughts and some areas left without safe drinking water.