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Red Forest Fire Warning issued due to 'extreme fire risk' as today's high reached 26.8 degrees

A warm and sunny weekend is in store.

Updated May 28th 2020, 9:14 PM

0272 Fires Fires in Glendalough in 2018. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

A RED FOREST Fire Warning has been issued due to the current and expected weather conditions over the course of the next few days. 

This is the highest level of forest fire warning that can be issued by the Department of Agriculture and the warning is in place from tomorrow until Monday. 

All areas where there are potential fuels such as dead grasses, heather and gorse are said to have an extreme risk of forest fire for the duration of the warning. 

“An anticyclone of 1038hPa centred over the North Sea will track steadily eastwards
and generate light to moderate easterly airflows over Ireland during the next 24 hours,
consistent with a ‘Type A’ fire weather pattern,” the department said in its guidance

This type of pattern has previously been associated with extreme fire behaviour under Irish conditions. 

“Overall forest fire risk is likely to be compounded by ignitions risks associated with expected high levels of public activity in fire prone areas during the Bank Holiday Weekend,” the department added. 

The warning came as Met Éireann recorded a high temperature of 26.8 degrees celsius in the Roscommon today, with most areas experiencing highs in the mid-20s.  

Tomorrow is set to be similar with a dry and sunny forecast, although the sunshine may turn a little hazy at times.

Highest afternoon temperatures will range between 20 and 25 degrees in most places with Met Éireann warning that the UV index is high nationwide.  

Looking forward to Saturday, it is again due to be a dry and sunny day, with the sunshine expected to turn a little hazy at times. 

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It will again be warm in most places with highest temperatures of 21 to 25 degrees. 

Sunday is due to be a dry and sunny day in most areas, however, some cloud is forecast to develop during the afternoon and evening, and may bring the odd rain shower. 

Temperatures are set to remain high, ranging between 21 to 25 degrees. 

- With reporting by Hayley Halpin

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