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Dublin: 14 °C Friday 20 September, 2019
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Today was the hottest JUNE day on record since 1976

Temperatures soared across the country as Ireland’s extended heatwave continued unabated.

People sunbathing at the Grand Canal Dock area today.
People sunbathing at the Grand Canal Dock area today.
Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

TODAY WAS THE hottest June day on record since 1976, according to Met Éireann.

Temperatures soared across the country as Ireland’s extended heatwave continued unabated.

The highest temperature of 32 degrees was recorded at Shannon Airport.

This makes today the hottest June day on record in Ireland since 29 June 1976. Boora in Co Offaly recorded 32.5 degrees that day.

A number of reports stated that today was Ireland’s hottest day on record in any month since 1976, however this is inaccurate.

Today narrowly missed out on being the hottest day. That record is still held for 19 July 2006, when a temperature of 32.2 degrees was recorded at Elphin in Roscommon.

Other areas that passed the 30 degrees mark today include Mount Dillon, Athenry and Moore Park.

As temperatures have soared, widespread issues have been reported in relation to water supply and fires across the country.

The Defence Forces were called in as fire crews in Co Wicklow worked to protect homes after a number of fires broke out in the county.

Meanwhile, Irish Water said that it will tonight begin lowering water pressure levels in the Greater Dublin Area as demand for water has increased again in the past 24 hours.

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